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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Opportunities at MDE 

The following financial assistance is offered and/or facilitated by the Maryland Department of the Environment.  Funding may be in the form of grants, loans, or direct payments for specified uses.


319 Nonpoint Source Program

Provides financial assistance for the implementation of nonpoint source best management practices and program enhancements as a means of controlling the loads of pollutants entering the State's waterways.

Each year, a Request for Proposals is released in Spring that announces requirements along with a Summer submission deadline.  Click here for more information.  To have your contact information placed on MDE's notification list, please use the 319 Nonpoint Source Program contact listed here.

Contact:  Eric Ruby
              (410) 537-3685; (800) 633-6101

Bay Restoration Fund

Wastewater Treatment Plants Fund:

Provides up to 100 percent in grant funding to upgrade wastewater treatment plants with enhanced nutrient removal (ENR) technologies, that would allow sewage treatment plants to provide a highly advanced level of nutrient removal.  Click here for more information.

Contact:  Rajiv Chawla
              (410) 537-3770; (800) 633-6101

Onsite Disposal Systems (OSDS) Fund:

Provides up to 100 percent in grant funding for upgrades of existing systems to best available technology for nitrogen removal or for the marginal cost of using best available technology instead of conventional technology. Priority given to failing OSDS in Critical Areas. Click here for more information. 

Contact:  Jag Khuman
              (410) 537-3119; (800) 633-6101

Biological Nutrient Removal Cost-Share Program

Provides grants to local municipalities and agencies for upgrading WWTPs with biological nitrification/denitrification facilities to achieve a goal of annual average effluent concentration of 8 mg/l total nitrogen.  Click here for more information.

Contact:  Elaine Dietz
              (410) 537-3908; (800) 633-6101

Linked Deposit Program

Provides a source of low-interest financing for certain water quality and drinking water capital projects.  Below market interest rates are passed on to borrowers by participating commercial lenders with investment agreements with MDE.  Click here for more information.  

Contact:  Jag Khuman
              (410) 537-3119; (800) 633-6101

Sewerage Facilities Supplemental Assistance Program

Provides financial assistance to local governmental entities in the form of grants, supplementing the Water Quality Loan funds, where affordability is a problem and to correct public health or water quality problems. The Program accepts applications annually from December 1st to January 31st.   Click here for more information.

Contact:  Elaine Dietz
              (410) 537-3908; (800) 633-6101

State Revolving Loan Fund

Provides a source of low interest financing to encourage private landowners, and water system owners to implement capital improvements that will protect or improve the quality of Maryland's water resources and provide safe drinking water. The Program accepts applications annually from December 1st to January 31st. Click here for more information.

Contact:  Jag Khuman
              (410) 537-3119; (800) 633-6101

Water Supply Program

Provides financial assistance to local governments or to water supply systems for wellhead protection projects and direct loans to local governments or to water supply systems for land acquisition for source water protection. The Program accepts applications annually from December 1st to January 31st. Click here for more information.

Contact:  Debbie Thomas
              (410) 537-3722; (800) 633-6101


Land (Waste)

Brownfields and Voluntary Cleanup Programs 

Provides financial incentives and technical assistance to eligible participants in the clean up and redevelopment of under-utilized or abandoned industrial or commercial properties that are contaminated or perceived to be contaminated.  Brownfield Assessments have been temporarily discontinued. Click here for more information.

Contact:  Jim Carroll
              (410) 537-3459; (800) 633-6101

Electronic Collection and Recycling Grant Program

Provides financial assistance in the form of grants from the State Recycling Trust Fund to Counties and Municipalities to assist with the collection and recycling of certain electronic equipment.

Currently, no electronics recycling grants are being offered.

Contact: David Mrgich
              410-537-3314; 800-633-6101 x3314

Scrap Tires

Grants are authorized under certain circumstances by scrap tire law but due to the prioritization and projected cost of illegal scrap tire stockpile cleanups for the foreseeable future,  MDE is not accepting applications for any grants from the Used Tire Cleanup and Recycling Fund at this time.  For more information concerning the disbursement of and activities pursued under the Used Tire Cleanup and Recycling Fund, see our program description and link to our most recent annual report at
.  Other questions can be directed to the Resource Management Program at 410-537-3314.

Contact:  Abigail W. Pascual
              (410) 537-3314; (800) 633-6101 x3314

Sewage Sludge Management

Provides funds to counties to conduct supplemental inspections and monitoring of sewage sludge utilization activities under the terms and conditions of a contract between the MDE and the requesting county.

Contact:  Allison Marong 
              (410) 537-3314; (800) 633-6101 x3314

Linked Deposit Program for USTs

This program, managed through the Water Quality Financing Administration, may provide owners of underground oil storage tanks (USTs) a way to remove or replace those tanks by providing a source of low-interest financing. Below market interest rates are passed onto borrowers by participating commercial lenders having investment agreements with MDE. Click here  for more information.

Contact:  Larry Love
              (410) 537-3110; (800) 633-6101 x3110

Residential Heating Oil Tank Site Cleanup Reimbursement Program (Oil Contaminated Site Environmental Cleanup Fund)

Provides financial assistance to owners of residential heating oil aboveground or underground tanks by reimbursing them for certain costs incurred as a result of an oil-contaminated site environmental cleanup project.  Click here for more information.

Contact:  LMA Technical Services and Operations Program
              (410) 537-3400; (800) 633-6101 x3400


Air and Radiological Health

Maryland Electric Truck Voucher Program

Provides financial assistance for the purchase or lease of all electric trucks. Vouchers will be used to reduce the purchase price up to a maximum of $20,000 per truck. Click here for more information.

Maryland Idle Reduction Technology Grant Program

Provides financial assistance for the installation and equipment cost associated with idle reduction technology on trucks. Grants will be used to reduce 50 percent of the installed equipment cost up to a maximum of $4,000 per truck.

The 2012 program resulted in annual reductions of diesel exhaust emissions and greenhouse gases amounting to 24 and 1,000 tons, respectively. Additionally, 90,000 gallons of diesel fuel were saved annually.

As a result of this highly successful program, MDE expects to run it again in fiscal year 2013.  New applications are not being accepted at this time. Program details will be announced in November 2012.

Click here for more information.

Contact:  Lonnie Richmond
              (410) 537-4010; (800) 633-6101 ext. 4010



Providesfunding to Local Emergency Planning Committees charged with the administration of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).  Click here  for more information.

Contact:  Patricia Williams
              (410) 537-3800; (800) 633-6101


Related Resources


Useful MDE Links

> Organizational Guide (pdf)
> Organizational Chart
> Maryland Manual Online