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. 

Application Process:

1) Contact our office at (302)365-8970 to learn about fund availability and schedule a site visit by 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.


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Culvert pipe over farm ditch

Lombardy ES garden - stone for drainage.

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

  • Grassed Waterways

  • Terraces

  • Grade Control Structures

  • Water and Sediment Control Basins

  • Streambank Protection

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:

  • Ditches

  • Tile Drains

  • Underground Outlets

  • 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

  • Composters

  • Winter Cover Crops

  • Riparian Forest Buffer

  • Filter Strips

  • Roof Water Management (where livestock is involved)

  • Fencing (where livestock is involved)

  • Wetland Creation


Cover Crop

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.

Sign up for the 2021-2022 Cover Crop Program Opens on August 2nd. 

Signup will be at the New Castle Conservation District Office and continue until all funds are obligated.  Office hours are 8:00 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. Deadline for signup is close of business on Friday, October 8th. If you are unable to come into the office you can also scan and email completed versions of the forms below to 


If you have further questions please contact Mike Popovich  by calling (302) 832- 3100 ext. 8991. 

2021-2022 Cover Crop Program Forms: 

2021-2022 Program Guide 

2021-2022 Program Certification Form

2021-2022 Application Form

Urban Agriculture

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:

  • Rain barrels

  • Fencing

  • Garden start ups

  • Acquiring soil and tools

  • many more!


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 $2000.  For more information, go to our Urban Agriculture page or contact Madison Walter

other Practices
These practices are not currently eligible for cost-share but might be available again in the future.

Wildlife Habitat 

The purpose of this category is to improve the quality of wildlife habitat for all types of wildlife - insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals.  The following permanent practices are cost-shared at rates that are project specific.

  • Ponds (agricultural only)

  • Hedgerows

  • Tree Plantings

  • Upland Wildlife Habitat Plantings

  • Wetland Wildlife Habitat Plantings (agricultural only)

  • Wetland Creation or Restoration (agricultural only)


The purpose of this category is to assist the urban and small landowners install forestry practices.  

  • Tree planting

  • Hedgerows

  • Windbreaks

  • Woodland Improvement

Stormwater Basin Assistance

The purpose of this category is to assist civic/homeowner associations/organizations to improve existing stormwater basins in their communities to improve water quality, wildlife habitat, and appearance.  This category includes the following practices:

  • Creating permanent water in a dry basin

  • Plantings - trees, shrubs and herbaceous material

  • Structure modifications