How Do I Apply for Grants in the WQIG Program?

The deadline for the Water Quality Improvement Grant Program Cycle 21 has passed.  Award decisions will be announced in September 2018.  Please check back to stay informed about future grant opportunities or subscribe to our email list | Subscribe >

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 | Learn More >

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Evaluation Criteria

  • What are the water quality outcomes that ADEQ is funding?
  • 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

How to Apply

The Water Quality Improvement Grant Manual provides detailed instructions about how to apply. All required schedules and attachments pertinent to your grant application (see Grant Application Packet links in side bar) must be sent to by deadline. The Signature Page must be sent as a hard copy and received by deadline at:

    Water Quality Improvement Grant Application
    Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
    ATTN: Samuel Breedlove WQD Grant Coordinator, #5320D
    1110 West Washington Street  
    Phoenix, AZ 85007

Failure to include requested information in the final grant application may result in the rejection of your application or may have a negative impact on the evaluation of the application. Late Final Applications will not be reviewed.

To help interested parties apply for these grants, ADEQ conducts free workshops | View Schedule >

Cycle 21 Information

The deadline for Cycle 21 has passed. Grant awards will be announced in September 2018.
View Cycle 21 grant application process timeline | View >

Previously awarded WQIGs | View >