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Water Quality Improvement Project Program

WQIP Round 12 Funding is Available!

Through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, DEC has made up to $35 million available to support water quality improvements through Round 12 of the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Grant Program. Funding is available for municipalities, soil and water conservation districts and non-profit organizations. The WQIP program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that directs funds from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund to projects that reduce polluted runoff, improve water quality and restore habitat in New York's waterbodies. 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). Eligible applicants can apply for WQIP Round 12 funding through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (leaving DEC website).

Funding for WQIP Round 12 is being made available through Governor Cuomo's REDC initiative that started in 2012. The REDC initiative supports economic development, strategic plan implementation and job creation across the state. For more detail the WQIP Round 12 Program Overview (PDF) (297 KB) and WQIP Round 12 - One Page Summary (PDF), (105 KB) are available for applicants review program priorities. Applicants must have their Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) complete and submitted by Friday, July 31 at 4 p.m..

Pre-application workshops will be held around the State for potential applicants. The workshop schedule along with additional information is available on the REDC website (leaving DEC website). All those who would like to have the application process explained or have process-related questions answered are encouraged to attend.

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Stream restoration

Eligible Applicants

  • Municipalities
  • 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)

Pre-Application Requirements

  • All municipalities and soil and water conservation districts must register in the NYS Grants Management System (leaving DEC website) to be eligible for this grant.
  • All not-for-profits must register and prequalify in the NYS Grants Management 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 (MGC) 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.

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Wastewater treatment plant


All questions should be submitted via e-mail to User.Water@dec.ny.gov. Answers will be posted in the FAQ for WQIP. Questions will be accepted up to 7 days prior to the close of the application period.

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