State Funding

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)

Transportation Alternatives Program

Administered by DelDOT, the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and provides up to 80 percent of the proposed project costs to successful applicants. TAP provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, which include on- and off-road facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation. The program also covers recreational trail projects, and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former divided highways. Also funded are projects that support environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and abatement activities, and roadway storm water drainage control to prevent flooding.

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Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Resilient Community Partnership

Through this year-long program, DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs partners with one community to initiate formal resiliency planning, offering direct staff support, policy expertise, technical assistance, and funding throughout the planning process. Communities are eligible regardless of where they are in the resiliency process. Coastal Programs administers up to $75,000 in NOAA funds for contracted services such as cost-benefit analyses and engineering designs. Matching funds are encouraged but not required. Any incorporated municipality or county is eligible for the partnership; unincorporated communities must acquire county sponsorship before applying.

Community Water Quality Improvement Grant

The Community Water Quality Improvement Grant is an annual set-aside in the Delaware Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The program can assist municipalities with implementing projects or programs that improve impaired watersheds. Priority is given to projects or programs that promote community involvement, leverage other resources, enhance education and outreach, demonstrate innovation, and have a measurable and transferable approach to water quality improvements. Funding ranges from $25,000 to $150,000.

Delaware Clean Water State Revolving Fund

DNREC’s Environmental Finance branch administers Delaware’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, a federal-state partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This fund provides low-interest loans to municipalities, private organizations, and nonprofit organizations for water quality infrastructure projects. States may reserve a portion of their grants received from EPA to finance technical assistance to help utilities plan for and recover from disasters, including both floods and droughts. Assistance may include assessing damages, identifying restoration needs and locating/monitoring pollution sources.

Nonpoint Source Program Grant

The Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Nonpoint Source Program administers a competitive grant that funds projects that reduce nonpoint source pollution (pollution that originates from a diffuse source) in Delaware. This funding, provided by the EPA through the Clean Water Act, prioritizes implementation of best management practices (BMP) in projects that improve the water quality of bodies of water identified as having nonpoint source impairments. All projects are required to have matching funding from a non-federal source totaling at least 40% of the overall cost.

Surface Water Matching Planning Grants

The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council established a Surface Water Matching Planning Grants program that supports research and planning dealing with projects such as storm water retrofits, development of master surface water and drainage plans, and other associated projects. The program is designed to assist counties and municipalities prepare surface water projects for funding through the Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund. These grants require a 1:1 cash match.

Wastewater Matching Planning Grants

DNREC’s Environmental Finance branch administers the Wastewater Planning Matching Grant Program, a 1:1 matching grant that assists municipal and county wastewater utilities with wastewater projects or planning. These grants are limited to $50,000 annually, and the Environmental Finance branch can provide technical and financial guidance.

Office of Planning Coordination (OSPC) and Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA)

Downtown Development Districts Program

Delaware’s Downtown Development Districts (DDD) program incentivizes development within infill areas. It is designed to spur private investments that renovate old properties, build new ones, and revitalize neighborhoods. Authorized by Senate Bill 191 on June 5, 2014, this program establishes economic development incentives that promote revitalization of Delaware’s downtowns and direct development to designated growth areas. Investors who make Qualified Real Property Investments (QRPI) to commercial, industrial, residential, and mixed-use buildings or facilities located within the boundaries of a designated DDD may apply to DSHA for a DDD Grant. Applying for this designation and these benefits allows Delaware local governments to direct development to their urban cores and away from vulnerable, “out-of-play” greenfield, environmentally sensitive, or floodplain areas.

Federal Funding

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grant Program

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant program provides funding for mitigation activities that reduce disaster losses and protect lives and properties from future disaster impacts. There are three HMA grant programs:

1. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP): HMGP funds help communities implement hazard mitigation measures following a major disaster. States can apply for funds and can then disburse these funds to subapplicants, usually local governments. In Delaware, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) administers these funds. Delaware local governments can apply for these funds for long-term mitigation activities such as upgrades to infrastructure, land acquisition, floodproofing, and the elevation of properties. To be eligible, a jurisdiction must first adopt a jurisdiction-wide hazard mitigation plan.

2. Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM): The PDM program can assist local communities in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program that reduces the overall risk of future hazard events on populations and structures. States submit PDM grant applications to FEMA, and local communities can apply for funds from the state.

3. Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA): The FMA program aims to reduce or eliminate claims under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by providing funds to communities for measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to NFIP-insured structures. Funding is available for flood hazard mitigation projects, plan development, and management costs. Sub-applicants, such as local governments, can submit mitigation planning and project applications to the state, who would then submit an FMA grant application to FEMA. Eligible applicants are funded based criteria such as cost-effectiveness of the project.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program

NOAA’s Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program funds projects that build the resiliency of coastal ecosystems and communities through habitat restoration and conservation. Successful projects are ones that provide sustainable ecological benefits that reduce hazards and risks associated with extreme weather events and a changing climate, implement on-the-ground restoration actions, and involve the collaboration of multiple stakeholders. Awards can range from $500,000 to $1 million.

Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program

NOAA’s Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program supports regional efforts that strengthen coastal communities’ resiliency to extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. The grant program supports planning and implementing mitigation and adaptation actions that increase economic and environmental resiliency. Proposals that demonstrate regional coordination among project stakeholders, leveraging of resources, and potential economic and environmental benefits for coastal communities will be most successful. Grants range anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants

USDA provides funds at two different levels. A maximum grant of $500,000 can assist a rural community that has experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water due to an emergency, or in which such decline is considered imminent, to obtain or maintain adequate quantities of water that meets the standards set by the Safe Drinking Water Act. The funds can be used for the construction of a water source up to and including the treatment plant. The USDA could also provide funds to a maximum of $150,000 to make emergency repairs and replacement of facilities on existing systems such as distribution waterline extensions and repairs on distribution waterlines. An emergency may be the result of an incident such as a flood or other hazard that can endanger a water system in a rural area.

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