How Do I Apply for Grants in the WQIG Program?

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Grants will be awarded based on the criteria outlined in the grant manual. Watersheds and sub-watersheds have been identified in previous ADEQ grant cycles to develop Watershed-based Implementation Plans (WIPs), now called Clean Water Plans (CWPs). The highest priority projects for the current cycle will be those that have been specifically identified in an ADEQ-funded WIP.

Evaluation Criteria

  • What are the water quality outcomes that ADEQ is buying?
  • What is the likelihood those outcomes will be achieved?
  • Is this the best use of funds?

Grant Requirements

Projects must: 

  • Have an on-the-ground implementation component
  • Have 40 percent match by a non-federal source
  • Demonstrate water quality improvements

In addition:

  • Water Quality Improvement Grant (WQIG) projects must impact an impaired body of water based on ADEQ’s 303(d) or 305(b) listings | Learn More >
  • Watershed Preservation Grant (WPG) projects require a documentable threat to water quality

Sample grant cycle application steps | View >

ADEQ must report results from the grants to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Grant Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS).  The system has information about previous grants, an interactive map that can help identify a 12-digit HUC, and provides material on reporting requirements | View GRTS >

Awarded WQIGs | View >