DCR, Virginia's designated nonpoint source pollution agency, acquires and disburses various federal, state and nonprofit grant funds.
Section 10.1-104.1 of the Code of Virginia designates the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) the lead agency for the Commonwealth’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) pollution management programs. This section assigns responsibility to DCR for the distribution of assigned funds as well as the identification and establishment of priorities of NPS pollution related water quality problems.
Section 10.1-2124 of the Code of Virginia requires that DCR help local governments, soil and water conservation districts, and individuals with NPS pollution control, including nutrient reduction, through technical and financial aid made available through grants provided through the Water Quality Improvement Fund (§10.1-2128) and NPS source grants provided in §10.1-2132.
DCR administers various NPS grant programs. In many cases, DCR applied for and received federal funds or funds from nonprofit organizations and is issuing "sub-agreements" through grants and agreements. In other cases, DCR received funds from the legislature and enters into cooperative agreements and grant agreements, sometimes through Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Grant programs have different purposes and guidelines that grantees must adhere to.
For more information about grants management, please refer to DCR's Grant Project Management Manual.
Those with questions about NPS grants should contact the grant manager: email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those with specific questions about developing nonpoint source water quality improvement grant proposals should contact the regional manager in the appropriate DCR regional office.