Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF)

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 Non-Point Source Nutrient Credit purchases and 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 and FY 2015 funding cycle that have not received construction bids on all remaining authorized 2014 projects and on at least one authorized 2015 project by October 1, 2018 will be ineligible for funding from this (2019) funding cycle.

To be considered for this funding, three (3) completed applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 12, 2018 or hand delivered by 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 2018 and submitted to:

Department of Environmental Quality                        (FOR HAND DELIVERY ONLY)
P. O. Box 1105                                                               1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
Richmond, Virginia  23218                                           Richmond, Virginia  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 removed 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 Application Forms PLUS instructions and SLAF Program Guidelines can be found on DEQ’s webpage at

For more details regarding the application process or assistance in completing the application, please contact Kelly Ward (804) 698-4295,; Pantea Westermann (804) 698-4176,; or Mike Crocker (804) 698-4012,

For those interested in the FY 17 projects, here is the Director's May 2017 Authorication Memo.  For those interested in the FY 16 projects, here is the Director's February 2016 Authorization Memo explaining the process and the list of project selected.  For those interested in the FY 15 projects, here is the Director's December 2014 Authorization Memo listing the projects selected.  For those interested in the FY 14 projects, here is the December 2013 Director's Authorization Memo listing that year's authorized projects.

DEQ is using a new e-mail communication tool to improve communication, efficiency and timeliness.  In order to receive future notifications on the funding opportunities available through the Clean Water Financing and Assistance Program, sign up here.


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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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