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Water Quality Improvement Program Grant

Grants to DuPage County, Illinois Organizations, Individuals,
and Agencies for Projects that Improve Water Quality

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DuPage County Stormwater Management

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Grants to DuPage County, Illinois organizations, government agencies, and individual property owners for projects that improve the quality of local bodies of water. Funds may be used for installations that mitigate stormwater pollution. Projects must provide a regional water-quality benefit, as well as pollutant load reduction.

The intent of the grant program is to award funding to those projects deemed to provide the greatest water quality benefit and most prepared for immediate construction. Project costs can include labor, materials and construction costs, as well as maintenance and monitoring costs.

It is likely that those projects with the broadest amount of stakeholder support will provide the greatest water quality benefit; thus, receive the highest ranking. While projects of all size are considered, there may be some benefit to soliciting participation from neighboring stakeholders.

Examples of eligible projects include:
- Streambank stabilization involving bioengineering practices (e.g. soil lifts, bank reshaping and planting, coconut fiber rolls, live fascines);
- Channel rehabilitation (e.g. removal of concrete lining, daylighting a storm sewer or stream, remeandering a previously channelized section of a stream, installing pool-riffle complexes);
-Detention basin retrofit (e.g. convert an open water basin to a constructed wetland basin, planting native vegetation in place of turf grass);
- Lake or pond shoreline stabilization
- Native planting projects such as added naturalized green space, riparian buffer rehabilitation, wetland or wetland buffer creation, restoration or enhancement;
- “Green Building Technologies” that reduce/filter stormwater runoff, such as:
- Green roofs
- Rain gardens
- Bioswales
- Cisterns
- Infiltration practices
- Porous pavement
- Dry wells
- Urban planter boxes and tree wells that provide additional storage and treatment of runoff.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177566

Estimated Size of Grant:

DuPage County will fund up to 25% of construction costs for projects that provide regional water quality benefits to local rivers and streams.

Term of Contract:

Project schedule should specify completion of project within two (2) years of funding award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

DuPage County government agencies, organizations and individuals are eligible to receive funds under the WQIP grant. However, the projects must provide a regional benefit. For that reason, individuals may consider collaborating with neighbors, homeowners associations or others to maximize the project benefit.

Projects that are required to be implemented as part of a development permit are not eligible for funding assistance. If the applicant can demonstrate that a portion of the project exceeds permit requirements for water quality then that portion of the project may be eligible for funding.

The following are examples of projects or portions of projects that are not eligible for funding under this program:
- Projects that do not provide a reduction in pollutant loads from stormwater runoff.
- Maintenance or repair of an existing facility.
- Projects required under the DuPage County Countywide Stormwater and Floodplain Ordinance, Clean Water Act, National Discharge Pollutant Elimination System or other federal, State or local permit requirements.
- Routine maintenance or repair of existing water quality project or on-site infrastructure systems.
- Projects to protect primarily wildlife habitat, control flooding or protect infrastructure.
- Activities completed prior to signing an agreement or contract for WQIP grant assistance.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for Fiscal Year 2019 WQIP grant funding is January 11, 2019.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email once applications have been received. Once applications have been evaluated, selected applicants will be notified of grant funding and the amount of the award.

Applicants approved for grant funding must enter into an agreement with DuPage County in order to receive reimbursement for actual expenditures. As this is a cost reimbursement program, applicants must have the ability to pay for project costs upfront. Invoices and supporting documentation for eligible costs are then submitted to the County for reimbursement. Portions of or whole projects constructed before entering a contract with DuPage County will not be eligible for reimbursement.

Upon DuPage County approval of the reimbursement contract with the applicant, it is anticipated that the project applicant should have enough time to acquire any necessary land rights and hire a contractor to do the specified work within that fiscal year.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

One electronic copy of the application packet should be submitted to:

DuPage County Stormwater Management
Attn: Mary Beth Falsey
421 North County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: DuPage County