Urban Nonpoint Source and Storm Water Management Grant Program applications are now available

MADISON – Cities, villages, towns, counties, regional planning commissions, tribal governments and special purpose lake, sewage, or sanitary districts have until April 16 to apply for competitive grants to assist them with the control of pollution from diffuse urban sources that is carried by storm water runoff.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is now accepting grant applications for the Urban Nonpoint Source and Storm Water Management Grant Program. The local government must have either jurisdiction over the project area or be required to control storm water discharge with an inter-governmental agreement between the municipality and the Department of Natural Resources.

The application postmark deadline for Urban Nonpoint Source and Storm Water Grant materials for Urban Nonpoint Source Construction projects beginning in 2019, are due April 16, 2018. Urban Nonpoint Source Planning Grant applications will not be solicited in 2018, but will be solicited again in 2019.

The grants reimburse costs of planning or construction projects controlling urban nonpoint source and storm water runoff pollution. Construction grant eligible projects include:

  • construction of structural urban best management practices including detention, wet, infiltration, or wetland basins, or infiltration trenches;
  • engineering design and construction services for best management practices installation;
  • land acquisition and easement purchase, including appraisal cost;
  • storm sewer rerouting and removal of structures; and
  • streambank and shoreline stabilization.

Parties interested in applying can learn more about the application process by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword “grants,” and then click on the button for “find grants” and scroll down to the link for Urban Nonpoint Source and Storm Water Management Grant Program.

A webinar for this grant program has been scheduled for Feb. 28, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The webinar will provide an overview of the Urban Nonpoint Source and Storm Water Management Construction Grant program, with focus on the application process for funds available beginning in 2019. The webinar will provide an overview of what’s changed since last year, and review what makes a construction grant project (eligibility criteria and project attributes), and tips on writing a strong application.

Go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6472756071903552002 (exit DNR) to register for the webinar, or paste the link into your browser window.