Water Quality Improvement Project Program
DEC is not currently accepting applications for the WQIP Statewide Grant Program.
Important WQIP Links
If you are a recipient of WQIP funds and need to contact your DEC Regional Project Manager for assistance, the Regional Contacts for Water Quality Improvement Projects page has a list of personnel in each DEC regional office and a map of the DEC regions to help you locate the appropriate office to contact.
If you are a recipient of WQIP funds, the Process for Successful WQIP Applicants page is a guide to help with the contracting process. The WQIP Documents and Forms page has contract, workplan and all other documents needed in order to prepare a contract.
For information about previous funding rounds, visit the WQIP Information from Previous Rounds page. This is for informational reference purposes only.
Overview of the WQIP Program
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (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 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.
Wastewater treatment plant
Eligible applicants for the WQIP program:
- Municipalities (villages, towns & cities)
- Soil and Water Conservation Districts
- Not for Profit Corporations (in some cases)
Eligible Project Types
The five basic types of projects eligible for funding:
- Municipal Wastewater Treatment (WWT)
- Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s)
- Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control (NPS)
- Aquatic Habitat Restoration (AHR)
- Water Quality Management (WQM)
Depending on the type of project, reimbursement is available for up to 85% of the total cost of the project.
Road salt and sand storage shed
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 - Information and forms for funded water quality improvement projects: workplans, municipal resolution, self-certification forms, M/WBE, contracts.
- WQIP Information from Previous Rounds - Information on previous rounds of funding for the Water Quality Improvement Project program. This is for informational reference purposes only.