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Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program

The Water Quality Improvement Project Program Round 14 application period has closed. The applications are being processed.

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Program Description

The Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program funds projects that directly address documented water quality impairments. Up to $87 million is available for this competitive, statewide grant program. Round 14 has more eligible projects than Round 13 so you are encouraged to read the WQIP Program Overview (PDF, 790 KB) carefully. See also the Round 14 Frequently Asked Questions.

Eligible Applicants

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Stream restoration
  • Municipalities
  • Municipal Corporations
  • Regulated traditional Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s)
  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • Not for Profit Corporations (only for land acquisition for source water protection or aquatic habitat restoration projects)

Note: Applicants must be registered in Grants Gateway.

Eligible Project Types

  • Municipal Wastewater Treatment (WWT)
    • 85% grant/15% match for projects to: install disinfection equipment; upgrade municipal systems to correct combined sewer overflows and sanitary sewer overflows (CSO/SSO); remove phosphorous or nitrogen in discharges; and construct wastewater systems in communities with inadequate septic systems.
    • 40% grant/60% match for general wastewater improvement projects.
  • Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control (NPS - 75% grant/25% match)
    • Funding is available for Best Management Practices including:
    • Decentralized wastewater treatment facilities for failing on-site treatment systems
    • Green infrastructure practice/stormwater retrofits
    • Great Lakes nature based shoreline projects to help municipalities repair damage from flooding along the open shorelines of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario (including the Niagara River), the St. Lawrence River and the Finger Lakes. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has $1.5 million in grant funding to replenish beaches, install nature-based revetments and other "soft engineering" stabilization measures. Read the attached fact sheet (PDF, 93 KB) for details on projects eligible for the grant and how to apply.
    • Streambank stabilization/restoration and riparian buffers
    • In-waterbody controls for nutrients
    • Beach restoration
  • *NEW* Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection (SWP - 75% grant/25% match)
    • Funding to protect sources of drinking water through land acquisition projects. Applicants can apply for funding to purchase land or conservation easements to protect surface drinking water supplies, protect groundwater drinking water supplies, or install in-waterbody practices to control nutrients.
    • On May 30, 2017, DEC hosted a meeting with eligible applicants to discuss the Land Acquisition Projects for the Source Water Protection category. Please see the presentation slides (PDF, 977 KB) on land acquisition projects and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 268 KB) about land acquisition projects (FAQs) for additional information. A recording of the meeting (link leaves DEC's website) is available on DEC's YouTube channel.
  • *NEW* Salt Storage (75% grant/25% match)
    • Funding for projects to relocate a salt storage pile and/or construct a structure to cover a salt storage pile
  • Aquatic Habitat Restoration (AHR - 75% grant/25% match)
    • Statewide projects to improve aquatic connectivity
    • In the marine district (New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, Nassau and Suffolk counties) projects to improve the ecological conditions of these waters.
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4 - 75% grant/25% match)
    • Development of stormwater retrofit plans
    • Comprehensive system mapping/program mapping

Overview of the WQIP Program

For more detail on WQIP, applicants can review the Round 14 Program Overview (PDF, 790 KB) and WQIP Round 14 One Page Summary (PDF, 230 KB).

Pre-application workshops were held around the State. A recording of the presentation is available on the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) website (leaving DEC website).

Application Preparation Tips

  • Applicants apply for WQIP Round 14 funding through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA)(leaving DEC website)
  • Applications are due by 4 pm on July 28, 2017. This is a hard deadline; 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

Additional Resources

Nonpoint source project priority plans
Project Category Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL) Watershed Action Agenda Nine Element Watershed Plan SPDES Permit Long Term Control Plan Source water Assessment Plan Beach Restoration Plan (OGL1) Beach Restoration Plan (Other2)
Beach Restoration X X
Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Facilities for Failing On-Site Treatment Systems X X X X
Great Lakes Nature-Based Shoreline Projects X X X X X X X X
Green Infrastructure Practices/Stormwater Retrofits X X X X X X X X
In-Waterbody Control for Nutrients X X X X X X
Streambank Stabilization/Restoration and Riparian Buffers X X X X X X X X
Salt Storage X X X X X X
Other NPS Projects X X X X X X X X

1 Beach Restoration Plans funded by the Ocean and Great Lakes Program of the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) Beach Closure Mitigation Pilot Project

2 Beach Restoration Plans funded by other sources

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 (leaving DEC website) to be eligible for this grant.

For more information, including user guides and tutorial videos on how to register and prequalify, visit NYS Grants Reform (leaving DEC website). Since the process is multi-stepped, we encourage you to fulfill this requirement as soon as possible.

Successful Applicant Requirements

Successful applicants will be required to sign a State of New York Master Grant Contract (MGC) within the 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 MGC is available for review.


All questions should be submitted via e-mail to Answers will be posted in the FAQ for WQIP. Questions should be submitted no later than July 10, 2017.Municipal Wastewater Treatment (WWT)

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