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Targeted Runoff Management Grant Program

The Targeted Runoff Management (TRM) Grant Program offers competitive grants for local governments for the control of pollution that comes from diffuse sources, also called “nonpoint source (NPS)” pollution. Grants from the TRM Program reimburse costs for agricultural or urban runoff management practices in targeted, critical geographic areas with surface water or groundwater quality concerns.

Who can apply

Eligible applicants

Cities, villages, towns, counties, regional planning commissions, tribal governments and special purpose lake, sewerage and sanitary districts may apply.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Grant monies may fund the construction of best management practices (BMPs) to control nonpoint source pollution. They can also fund BMP design as part of a construction project. The cost-share rate for TRM projects is up to 70 percent of eligible costs. Municipal employee force account work may be reimbursable up to 5 percent of the total project reimbursement.

Eligible projects

  • Large-scale total daily maximum load (TMDL) projects
    Only agricultural projects designed to meet EPA-approved TMDLs are eligible. Eligible costs include construction of structural best management practices, implementation of non-structural cropping practices and some staffing costs to plan and install management practices. Projects run 3-4 years in duration. Typical grants are approximately $500,000 to $1 million.
  • Large-scale non-TMDL projects
    Only agricultural projects implementing state agricultural performance standards and prohibitions are eligible. They may be in any area to protect or restore surface water or groundwater. However, the project area may not be less than 8 or more than 39 square miles. Eligible costs include construction of structural best management practices, implementation of non-structural cropping practices and some staffing costs to plan and install management practices. Projects run 3-4 years in duration. Typical grants are approximately $500,000 to $1 million.
  • Small-scale TMDL projects
    Agricultural and urban nonpoint source control projects designed to meet EPA-approved TMDL goals are eligible for funding. Eligible costs are limited to construction of structural best management practices and acquisition of land or land rights if needed to support the practices. Projects run 2-3 years in duration. Grants are limited to $150,000.
  • Small-scale non-TMDL projects
    Only agricultural projects implementing state agricultural performance standards and prohibitions are eligible. They may be in any area to protect or restore surface water or groundwater. Projects run 2-3 years in duration. Grants are limited to $150,000.

Ineligible projects*

  • Projects implementing BMPs for croplands or livestock facilities defined as “new” per s. NR 151.09(4)(b)(3) and s. NR 151.095(5)(b)(2), Wis. Adm. Code.
  • Point source pollution control projects required by large livestock operation (CAFO) or storm water discharge permit laws.
  • Construction site erosion control.
  • New development, post-construction structural BMPs.
  • Dredging, draining, or flooding projects unrelated to water quality.
  • Dredging of harbors, lakes, rivers and ditches.

*See NR 153.15 (2) Wisconsin Administrative Code [exit DNR] for a comprehensive list of ineligible projects.

Deadlines

Deadlines

All application materials for projects beginning in 2018 is April 17, 2017.

After the DNR receives the completed applications, DNR staff score and rank the applications. Top ranking projects are allocated available funds. Announcements of grant awards occur in the fall.

How to apply

How to apply

To apply for a grant, choose the correct application from the charts below based on the project scale, implementation of NR 151 and/or TMDL requirements and agricultural or urban project location.

The application must be submitted by April 15 of the calendar year prior to the awarded grant start year. (However, for the 2018 grant start year, applications are due by April 17, 2017.)

Choosing the correct application

Be sure to download both the application and instructions. You will need the instructions when completing the application.

Project scale? NR 151 performance standards & prohibitions implementation? Meeting TMDL requirements? Use application form:
Small Yes No

Small-Scale Agriculture TRM Application (Form 8700-300) [PDF]

Small-Scale Agriculture TRM Instructions [PDF]

Small Yes Yes
Small No Yes

Small-Scale Agriculture TRM Application (Form 8700-300) [PDF]

Small-Scale Agriculture TRM Instructions [PDF]

OR

Small-Scale Urban TRM Application (Form 8700-332) [PDF]

Small-Scale Urban TMDL Instructions [PDF]

Large Yes No

Large-Scale Agriculture TRM Application (Form 8700-333) [PDF]

Large-Scale Agriculture TRM Instructions [PDF]

Large Yes Yes
Large No Yes
Small/Large No No Do Not Apply

The TRM grant program offers a small-scale competitive grant for urban runoff management practices to address nonpoint source pollutants specified as causing impairments in areas addressed in an EPA-approved Total Maximum Daily Load report.

Find all Urban-related applications, instructions, Reimbursement and Resources forms, agreements and guides on the Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water Management Grants web page.

Reimbursement

Reimbursement checklist and instructions

Grantee Checklist when submitting Reimbursement Request to DNR [PDF]

Form ID Reimbursement forms Instructions
8700-336
Reimbursement Request

Instructions for 8700-336
9300-230
Grant Partner Financial Data Report
Must be completed and submitted with each reimbursement request if grant award includes federal funds.
8700-353
Force Account Certification

Instructions for 8700-353
8700-354
Local Assistance Certification

Instructions for 8700-354

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Resources

Grant agreement amendment requests

Successful grant applicants enter into a contractual agreement with the DNR to commit funds for the purpose of implementing grant-eligible best management practices (BMPs). Grantees wishing to amend their existing grant agreement terms, including project scope, costs, and/or grant period, should contact their DNR Regional Coordinator listed on their grant agreement. Grantees interested in adding, removing, or changing the location of BMPs to be installed, as described in their grant application or current grant agreement, must also complete a Substitution Request Form (Form 8700-308) [PDF]

Cost-share agreement forms

Grantees providing grant funds to private landowners must enter into a cost share agreement (CSA) between the grantee and the landowner, listing the BMPs and establishing the conditions and considerations under which a cost-share recipient agrees to install and maintain the BMPs listed. In accordance with NR 153.22(4), Wis. Admin. Code, the grantee must obtain DNR approval from their DNR Regional Coordinator prior to executing the agreement. CSA forms are provided below.

Final report form

A final grant project report must be completed using the form (linked below) and submitted to the Regional Coordinator for review and approval before final grant reimbursement may be made.

Economic hardship forms

Grantees may exceed the cost-share limits identified under NR 154.03(1), Wis. Admin. Code, if the landowner or land operator that will provide the local share of project costs meets economic hardship requirements of NR 154.03(3), Wis. Admin. Code. Economic Hardship Affidavit and Notification of Determination Forms are provided below.

Grant administration guides and other resources

Property acquisition and appraisal information

Help

Contact information

Ann Hirekatur
Runoff Management Grants Program Coordinator
608-266-0156

Contact Ann with question about the grant application process, including project eligibility.
Aaron Larson
Nonpoint Source Program Grant Manager
608-267-9385

Contact Aaron with question about grant awards and financial administration.
Regional Nonpoint Source Coordinators
For technical, project-specific questions related to a grant-funded projects, please contact Your DNR regional nonpoint source coordinator
Last revised: Tuesday May 23 2017