Water Quality Improvement Project Program
Water Quality Improvement Project Program
WQIP Round 13 Funding is Available! Please refer to the Program Overview for additional details. Applications are due by 4:00 pm on July 29, 2016.
Overview of the WQIP Program
DEC supports water quality improvements through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Statewide Grant Program. The WQIP program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that uses New York State Environmental Protection Funds for projects that reduce polluted runoff, improve water quality and restore habitat in New York's waterbodies.
Through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, DEC has made up to $25.9 million available to support water quality improvements in Round 13 of the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Grant Program. Grants awarded through the WQIP program can fund up to 85% of the total project cost for Wastewater Treatment Improvement projects or up to 75% of the total project cost for Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control, Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4).
Pre-application workshops will be held around the State for potential applicants. The workshop schedule along with additional information is available on the Regional Economic Development Councils website (leaving DEC website). All those who would like to have the application process explained or have process-related and/or grant-related questions answered are encouraged to attend.
- Municipal Corporations
- Soil and Water Conservation Districts
- Not for Profit Corporations
Eligible Project Types
- Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control (NPS)
- Municipal Wastewater Treatment (WWT)
- Aquatic Habitat Restoration (AHR)
- Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)
Application Preparation Tips
- Applicants apply for WQIP Round 13 funding through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (leaving DEC website).
- Applications are due by 4 pm on July 29, 2016. This is a hard deadline and all uncompleted applications will not be considered for grant funds. We suggest you submit your application well before the deadline.
- Review the application questions and gather all pertinent material to help you complete your application.
- Find the page in the Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List (WI/PWL) that corresponds to the waterbody the project will address. Applicants need to install Google Earth on their computer before trying to access the map.
- Feasibility studies are required for green infrastructure projects. Read and follow the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program Green Infrastructure Feasibility Study Outline (PDF, 30KB) and submit the feasibility study with the WQIP application.
- Attend a CFA workshop for more information on the application process and the WQIP grant program. See the Regional Economic Development Councils website (leaving DEC website) for a schedule of workshops.
Grants Gateway Registration
- All municipalities and soil and water conservation districts must register in the NYS Grants Gateway System (leaving DEC website) to be eligible for this grant.
- All not-for-profits must register and prequalify in the NYS Grants Gateway System (leaving DEC website) to be eligible for this grant.
Successful Applicant Requirements
Successful applicants will be required to sign a State of New York Master Contract for Grants (MCG) within the NYS Grants Gateway System (leaving DEC website) and will be required to comply with statewide, agency and program terms and conditions, and payment and reporting requirements as identified in the MGC. The Water Quality Improvement Project Program MCG is available for review.
For more information, including user guides and tutorial videos on how to register and prequalify, visit NYS Grants Reform (leaving DEC website).
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All questions should be submitted via e-mail to User.Water@dec.ny.gov.
More about Water Quality Improvement Project Program:
- Regional Contacts for Water Quality Improvement Projects - Contact list for assistance with Water Quality Improvement Projects.
- Process for Successful WQIP Applicants - Steps for the grant recipient to follow that should be used as a guide to help with the contracting process.
- WQIP Documents and Forms - ROUNDS 12 & 13 - Information and forms for funded water quality improvement projects: work plans, municipal resolution, self-certification forms, M/WBE, sample contracts - ROUND 12 & 13.
- WQIP Documents and Forms - ROUND 11 (2013) - Information and forms for funded water quality improvement projects: workplans, municipal resolution, self-certification forms, M/WBE, sample contracts.
- WQIP Document Archive - Information on previous rounds of funding for the Water Quality Improvement Project program. This is for informational reference purposes only.