Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water Management Grant Program

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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Predicted deadline: Apr 17, 2025

Grant amount: Up to US $85,000

Fields of work: Water Resource Management

Applicant type: Government Entity, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Wisconsin

Location of residency: Wisconsin


Note: UNPS Planning grant applications will not be solicited in 2024. They will be solicited again in 2025.

The Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water (UNPS&SW) Management Grant Program offers competitive grants to local governments for the control of pollution from diffuse urban sources that is carried by storm water runoff. Grants from the UNPS&SW Program reimburse costs of planning or construction projects controlling urban nonpoint source and storm water runoff pollution.


For Planning grants, the total state reimbursement amount cannot exceed $85,000. For Construction grants, the total state reimbursement amount cannot exceed $150,000 for construction and engineering, plus an additional $50,000 for land acquisition.

Planning grant eligible projects

  • Storm water management planning for urban areas;
  • Preparation of local ordinances affecting storm water discharge (construction site or post-construction erosion control, pet waste, or illicit discharge management);
  • Evaluating alternatives for local financing of urban runoff control programs;
  • Administrative costs for the initial establishment of local storm water management funding programs;
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination program planning;
  • Public information and education activities.

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  • Cities, villages, towns, counties, regional planning commissions, tribal governments and special purpose lake, sewage, or sanitary districts may apply.
    • The local government must have either jurisdiction over the project area or be required to control storm water discharge with an inter-governmental agreement between the municipality and the Department of Natural Resources.
  • Eligible areas are urban lands with a population density of at least 1,000 people per square mile or non-permitted commercial or municipally-owned industrial use. Projects may be in areas that are expected to become urban within 20 years.


  • Activities ineligible for grant funding include operation and maintenance of urban best management practices and projects associated with new construction or development.

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This page was last reviewed March 25, 2024 and last updated February 15, 2024