The Department of Environmental Quality is pleased to announce the solicitation of applications for financial assistance through the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF). DEQ will have approximately $20 million in matching grant funds available for distribution.
Applications are being solicited for stormwater projects including: i) new stormwater best management practices; ii) stormwater best management practice retrofits, iii) stream restoration; iv) low impact development projects, v) buffer restorations, vi) pond retrofits, and vii) wetlands restoration. Eligible recipients are local governments, meaning any county, city, town, municipal corporation, authority, district, commission, or political subdivision created by the General Assembly or pursuant to the Constitution or laws of the Commonwealth. Due to the limited amount of funding available this year, any local government that was authorized for SLAF funding in the FY 2014 funding cycle that has not received construction bids on all remaining authorized 2014 projects by March 1, 2017 will be ineligible for funding from this (2017) funding cycle.
To be considered for this funding, three (3) completed applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, February 17, 2017 or hand delivered by 5:00 p.m. on February 17, 2017 and submitted to:
Mr. Walter Gills, CWFAP Program Manager
Department of Environmental Quality
P. O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(FOR HAND DELIVERY)
629 East Main Street-Front Desk
Richmond, VA 23219
Cost effectiveness is a very important consideration in the SLAF project selection process. In previous years only SLAF project applications with costs below $50,000 per pound of Total Phosphorous were authorized for funding. We may apply a similar cost effectiveness cap to this funding round that will be based on the applications received.
The NEW Application Form PLUS instructions and recently revised SLAF Program Guidelines can be found on DEQ’s webpage at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/CleanWaterFinancingAssistance/ApplicationsInfo.aspx.