Cost Share Program
Our Cost-Share Program assists landowners and managers install conservation practices on their property within New Castle County in both urban and agricultural settings. Depending on the type of practice and project specifics, cost-share rates range from 30-75%. See below for more information on different eligible practices.
1) Contact our office at (302)365-8970 to learn about fund availability and schedule a site visit by one of our planners.
AFTER A VISIT WITH ONE OF OUR PLANNERS:
2) Complete a cost-share application (provided by NCCD Staff) and send to:
ATTN: Elizabeth Hook
New Castle Conservation District
2430 Old County Rd
Newark, DE 19702
3) Submitted applications go before the NCCD Board of Supervisors for deliberation during monthly board meetings.
4) Applicant is notified of NCCD Board's decision or, if required, is sent a request for more information.
Culvert pipe over farm ditch
Lombardy Elementary- stone added to improved drainage around school garden beds
Agriculture and Urban
The following practices are eligible for cost-share in both urban and agricultural areas.
Erosion Control - up to 50% Urban/75% Ag
The purpose of this category is to reduce soil erosion and in doing so, protect and improve soil and water quality. This category includes the following practices:
Critical Area Treatment
Grade Control Structures
Water and Sediment Control Basins
Water Management - up to 30%
The purpose of this category is to control water elevations to enhance soils for intended use, protect structures, and to improve water quality. This category includes the following practices:
Water Control Structures
The following practices are eligible for cost-share only in agricultural areas.
Water Quality - up to 75%
The purpose of this category is to reduce pollution of ground and/or surface water by excess nutrients, sediment, and organics. This category includes the following practices:
Manure Storage Ponds
Manure Storage Structures
Winter Cover Crops
Riparian Forest Buffer
Roof Water Management (where livestock is involved)
Fencing (where livestock is involved)
Cover crop is an emphasized practice under the "Water Quality" cost-share category due to cover crop's ability to absorb unused crop nutrients, improve soil health, and reduce soil erosion. To be eligible for this program:
Producers and landowners must be actively engaged in farming.
A minimum of 5 acres is required per farm.
Eligible land must be following an annual crop (row crops or vegetables). Acreages following perennial crops, hay, or pasture are not eligible.
2023-2024 Cover Crop Sign-up is open. Deadline for signup is
October 13th at 4:30pm.
2022-2023 Cover Crop Program Forms:
Urban Farmer and Gardener
This program is unique to New Castle County and is designed to help urban growers improve and/or increase the access to local, healthy foods in urban areas. This includes many different types of practices at a wide variety of scales. Past projects have included:
Garden start ups
Acquiring soil and tools
Unlike our other cost-share categories, this funding is only open for applications at the beginning of each year and has an award limit of $3000. For more information, go to our Urban Agriculture page or contact Madison Walter.