adq   Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials have announced the distribution of its Water Quality Improvement Grant (WQIG) Cycle 19. The goal of the WQIG program is to encourage and fund successful community-based approaches and management techniques to protect and restore Arizona’s impaired waters so they meet applicable water quality standards.

   ADEQ is accepting applications for approximately $900,000 in competitive grants to fund projects that implement on-the-ground water quality improvements to reduce nonpoint source pollution. ADEQ is placing an emphasis on the implementation of activities identified through planning efforts in priority sub-watersheds.


  • Mandatory pre-proposals: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at 3 p.m.
  • Final applications: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at 3 p.m.

   ADEQ expects to announce the grant awards in April 2017. Funding priority is given to areas where ADEQ has established Clean Water Plans including Granite Creek near Prescott, Oak Creek near Sedona, San Francisco River near Clifton and San Pedro River near St. David.

   To help interested parties apply for these grants, ADEQ conducts free workshops both online and in person View Workshop Schedule >

   Download the full request for grant applications and grant manual and application forms at