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SOIL AND WATER

Golf Course Nutrient Management Plan Grants Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a cost-share program? Currently there is not a cost-share program in place, but there are grant funds available for writing nutrient management plans for golf courses that are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Is my course eligible for grant money/Is my course in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed? There is a general Virginia watershed map found on the DCR website. The watersheds with an asterisk behind the name are watersheds that drain to the Chesapeake Bay. If you are still unsure if your course is in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, contact Derik Cataldi, DCR's Urban Nutrient Management specialist, at derik.cataldi@dcr.virginia.gov or 804-371-7489.

How do I receive grant funds? Contact one of the grant contractors. The contractors are paid $10 per acre to write nutrient management plans for land maintained by the golf course. Only land that will receive nutrients within the five year period of the plan can be included. This $10 per acre grant may not cover the entire cost to write the plan.

How do I contact a grant contractor? Here are the contractors who still have funds available as of Feb. 26, 2014:

Angela Whitehead, Soil Horizons
soilmapper@yahoo.com

Robert Habel, Five Oaks Consulting
habelrf@gmail.com

Gary Maul/Matt Austin, Essential Elements NMP
essentialelementsnmp@gmail.com

Peter Maybach/Jeff Michel, M&M Consulting
mmcons@verizon.net, mmwetest3@verizon.net

Paul Hartzell, Growth Enhancers Turf Consultants
turfdawg@verizon.net

Kurt Fellenstein, Trinity Turf Inc.
kurt@trinityturf.net

Charles Thornton, Tellus Consulting
chasthornton@gmail.com

How can I be sure I am getting the $10 per acre from the contractor? Ask your grant contract planner. They should be able to break down the costs of the plan for you.

How long will this grant program last? There is only $115,000 in the grant program. The grant funds are administered on a first-come, first-served basis. The funds for this grant will only be available until July 1, 2014, but the funds will most likely be used before then, so act soon. The Department of Conservation and Recreation is also pursuing additional funding to offer a grant for courses that are in the state, but outside of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.