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Delaware Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant Program

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Closed March 1, 2024

Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grants (CBIG) enable states the lie in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to meet the goals outlined in the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, such as improving water quality.

Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant is detailed in a 6-year work plan. It relies on partnerships to help meet local goals. The CBIG is used to help fund water quality-based best management practices (BMP) projects and priorities under the following objectives:

  • Objective 1: Support coordinated efforts and bring together stakeholders in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

  • Objective 2: Monitor and evaluate progress towards achieving Delaware’s TMDLs and Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.

  • Objective 3: Accelerate implementation of cost-effective practices and enhance partnerships in the agriculture sector.

  • Objective 4: Accelerate implementation of cost-effective practices and utilize partnerships in the developed and natural sector.

  • Objective 5: Investigate and determine toxic contaminant levels within Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay, and address as appropriate.


A project can be sponsored by both public and private entities, including local governments (county, city, or town), conservation districts, tribal authorities, regional development centers, local school systems, colleges and universities, local nonprofit organizations including those representing local governments, state agencies, federal agencies, watershed groups, for-profit groups, and homeowner’s associations within the State of Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Preference is given to projects involving cooperative partnerships.


The CBIG requires a non-federal match component as part of the funding award to any grantee. The CBIG requires a 100% non-federal match in the form of non-federal funds, in-kind services and/or a combination of the two.

For example, a BMP implementation project requesting $25,000 in CBIG federal funds must have a non-federal match of at least $25,000 in the form of cash funds, in-kind services and/or a combination of both. 

Application Instructions

An electronic copy of the application and supporting materials in Microsoft Word format must be submitted to the NPS Program. All applications must be completed on the appropriate form which can be found below.

Email the proposal to the attention of Ben Coverdale & Ashley Barnett at with the subject "FY23 Nonpoint Source Section 319 Grant Proposal"


Release Date

December 5, 2022


March 1, 2024

Financial Instrument

Grant, Cost Share

Updated March 26, 2024

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