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Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program

WQIP awards have been announced. See below for details.
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WQIP Grant Awards Announced

On December 19, 2019 Governor Cuomo announced over $93 million in grants awarded for 85 projects through WQIP. The projects will improve water quality, reduce the potential for harmful algal blooms, and protect drinking water across the state.

The WQIP Round 16 Awards List (PDF) provides key information about each funded project.

WQIP grants are administered by DEC and made available through the Governor's Regional Economic Development Council Consolidated Funding Application, an annual competitive funding program.

Successful Applicant Requirements

Successful applicants will be required to sign a State of New York Master Grant Contract (MCG) in the Grants Gateway (leaves DEC website) and will be required to comply with statewide, agency, and program terms and conditions and payment reporting requirements as identified in the MCG.

Program Description

The Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds projects that directly address documented water quality impairments or protect a drinking water source.

The Round 16 (2019) WQIP Program included the following project types and required match amounts:

  • Wastewater Treatment Improvement (high priority projects 25%, general projects 60%)
  • Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control (25%)
  • Land Acquisition for Source Water Protection (25%)
  • Salt Storage (50%)
  • Aquatic Connectivity Restoration (25%)
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) (25%)

*Match is the percentage of the award amount grant recipients are required to provide as a local share. For more information about each category, including priorities, application requirements, and scoring criteria, view the WQIP Program Overview (PDF).

Eligible Applicants for Round 16

  • Municipalities and Soil and Water Conservation Districts are eligible for all project types.
  • Not-for-Profit Corporations are eligible for Aquatic Connectivity Restoration and Land Acquisition for Source Water Protection only.

Award Lists


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