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Targeted Runoff Management Grant Program
The Targeted Runoff Management (TRM) Grant Program offers competitive grants for local governments for controlling nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. Grants reimburse costs for agriculture or urban runoff management practices in targeted, critical geographic areas with surface water or groundwater quality concerns.
Who can apply
Cities, villages, towns, counties, regional planning commissions, tribal governments and special purpose lake, sewerage and sanitary districts may apply.
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.
- 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.
- 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 for a comprehensive list of ineligible projects.
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.)
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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/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 Request for Agricultural Grants
- Grant Partner Financial Data Report (Form 9300-230) - For all projects receiving Federal funds from the DNR. This is required before reimbursement from DNR is possible.
- Force Account Certification
- Local Assistance Certification
Grant recipient requirements
Successful grant applicants enter into a contractual agreement with the DNR. Grant recipients must comply with program conditions, provide the local portion of the project costs, and install all best management practices (BMPs) constructed under these programs and maintain them for 10 years. If applicants are providing these grant funds to private landowners, a similar contractual agreement is required between the applicant and the landowner.
Recipient forms, agreements and guides
- Final Report (Form 3400-189A)
- Environmental Hazards Assessment (Form 1800-001)
- Satisfaction of Cost Share Agreement (Form 3400-068B)
- Release of Cost Share Agreement (Form 3400-068C)
- Cost Share Agreement (Form 3400-069)
- Cost Share Agreement Amendment (Form 3400-069A)
- Targeted Runoff Mgmt Economic Hardship Affidavit (Form 3400-069B)
- Economic Hardship Notification of Determination (Form 3400-069C)
- Substitution Form (Form 8700-308)
- Procurement Guide for Local Governments Receiving DNR Grants
- Best Management Practices
- Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR Part 200)
Property acquisition & appraisal information
- Contact information
- Ann Hirekatur
Runoff Management Grants Program Coordinator
Contact Ann with question about the grant application process, including project eligibility.
- Aaron Larson
Nonpoint Source Program Grant Manager
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