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Associations to Improve Drainage and Stormwater Management

Clean Water Heritage Grant

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Grants to Virginia neighborhoods and homeowners associations in eligible locations to maintain and repair local water drainage systems and privately-owned stormwater management facilities. The purpose of this program is to support the general welfare and safety of residents in James City County.

Neighborhood Drainage Systems:

Neighborhood drainage systems include structures such as inlets, pipes, vegetated or paved swales, and outfall structures, located outside of the VDOT roadway, which move runoff originating on or off-site safely through residential areas in order to protect citizens and property. Roof and footing drains and privately installed on-lot drainage structures are not considered part of a neighborhood drainage system.

Stormwater Management Facilities (BMP):

Stormwater management facilities, also known as best management practices or BMPs, include structures that reduce the quantity of storm runoff and improve the water quality of the runoff. BMP components include, but are not limited to, inlets, pipes, vegetated or paved swales, ponds, bioretention features, embankments, outfalls, and energy dissipation structures.

Available Grants:

  • Inspection Grants: Inventorying and mapping the existing drainage structures and inspecting the system for operating condition. Results are for planning future maintenance or for inclusion in a homeowners association (HOA) reserve study. Inspection may include a photo record or pipe video and documentation in GIS. 
    • Examples: A map of drainage structures with a condition assessment for each structure/ component 
  • Repair & Maintenance Grants: Repairs to maintain a drainage system as originally designed. Repairs do not include upgrades to improve the system function. 
    • Examples: Replacement of broken concrete, crushed pipes, clearing of trees, resealing inlets or manholes, etc.
  • BMP Repair & Maintenance Grants: Repairs to maintain a BMP as originally designed. Only non-routine maintenance or repairs will be considered. 
    • Examples: Replacing the trash rack, sealing the riser, lining the barrel, repairing emergency and/or principal spillway, planting a buffer, etc.

Costs associated with the design, permitting, construction and inspection of the proposed project can be funded as part of the project costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166322

Estimated Size of Grant:

Inspection: Up to $6,000 per award
Repairs and Maintenance: Minimum of $2,500 up to maximum of $50,000 per award
BMP Maintenance and Repair: Minimum of $2,500 up to maximum of $25,000 per award

Term of Contract:

All work must be completed within the timeframe specified in the executed grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Non-HOA Neighborhoods
- HOAs with Public Roads
- HOAs with Private Roads

Projects not eligible:
- Facilities within the VDOT right-of-way

Maintenance & Repairs:
- Facilities within the VDOT right-of-way;
- New drainage facilities not included in the original development plan; and
- Projects disturbing one acre or more of area

BMP Maintenance & Repair:
- Projects without a water quality benefit

General and Special Conditions for Applicants can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

Complete and submit a Clean Water Heritage Grant Application (PDF) by Sept. 30, 2022.

Potential applicants are encouraged to meet with Stormwater staff in advance of the application due date.

Matching Requirements:
- Inspection: 75% - 25% split (JCC – Owner)
- Maintenance & Repairs: 50%-50% split
- BMP Maintenance & Repair: 50%-50% split

All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been accepted for matching grants.

Reimbursement will be provided to the grantee upon completion of the project and receipt of a completed “Project Reimbursement Form.”

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application should be submitted with receipts and photo documentation of the project or inspection forms, whichever is applicable, to:
Stormwater Division, 101-E
Mounts Bay Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

For more information, please contact John Fuqua at 757-253-6785 or via email:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: James City County

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