Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF)

The Department of Environmental Quality is pleased to announce the solicitaton of applications for financial assistance through the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF).  DEQ will have approximately $15 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 and 2015 projects by November 1, 2019 will be ineligible for funding from this (2020) funding cycle.  In addition, in order to be eligible for funding, projects may not have initiated construction prior to July 1, 2018.  Projects authorized for FY20 must meet program requirements and have an executed grant agreement by June 30, 2022 or funds authorized for the project will expire.  The revised Guidelines are available.

To be considered for this funding, three (3) completed applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, November 15, 2019  or  hand delivered by 5:00 p.m. on November 15, 2019 and submitted to:

Department of Environmental Quality (FOR HAND DELIVERY)
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.

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 previous years' grants, please click on the relevant Director's Authorization Memo to read about the selection process and the localities funded:  FY 2014, FY 2015, FY 2016, FY 2017, and FY 2019.

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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