Stormwater Grants

The Philadelphia Water Department offers incentives to property owners, project managers, and developers to keep and increase stormwater management on their property for lower costs.

What is the Stormwater Grants Program?

Stormwater Grants can pay for the design and construction of stormwater retrofit projects on non-residential properties in Philadelphia. Stormwater retrofit projects provide an opportunity to add new landscaping, fix drainage problems, and improve the appearance of a property.

After a project is complete, the property owner qualifies for lower stormwater charges on their monthly bill through the Stormwater Credits Program.

These stormwater retrofit projects are a cost-effective way for the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) to reduce stormwater pollution in Philadelphia’s creeks and rivers.

PWD partners with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) to award millions in stormwater grants every year. The Stormwater Grants Application Guide is a critical resource for learning more about how to apply for a Stormwater Grant.


Stormwater Grants and resulting stormwater credits lower a property owner’s monthly stormwater bill. To learn more about how stormwater bills are calculated or to address a bill you think is incorrect, visit the Stormwater Billing page →

The Stormwater Grants Program is one type of Stormwater Incentive offered by the Philadelphia Water Department and managed by the Stormwater Incentives team. Learn about other types of Stormwater Incentives →

What’s New

July 2021

Stormwater Incentives Update #2 sent out. This update includes the new Stormwater Grants Application Guide with Rubric Criteria, instructions to request a pre-application meeting, checklists to use, and information on when to apply.

June 2021

Stormwater Incentives Update #1 sent out. This update includes our new websites, the next Stormwater Grant deadline (October 15th) and the pre-application meeting start date (July 15th).

January 2021

Additional grants awarded for FY 2021

December 2020

FY 2021 Stormwater Grant Awardees announced

Resources for Applying for a Stormwater Grant

TitleDescriptionLast UpdatedFormat
Manual describing what properties are eligible for Grants, how to develop a project team, and requirements for the Stormwater Grant application.pdf
Checklist to assist property owners and project teams to apply for a Stormwater Grant for a stormwater retrofit project.pdf
Checklist with common Stormwater Grant application errors to assist project teams applying for a Stormwater Grant. This checklist should be used with the “Get ready to apply” checklist to complete the application fully and correctly.pdf
Template legal documents that must be signed by property owners awarded a Stormwater Grant.pdf
Template legal documents that must be signed by property owners and project managers awarded a Stormwater Grant.pdf
Template legal documents that must be signed by property owners and project managers awarded a Stormwater Grant.pdf
List of vendors who have been involved with past awarded grants.pdf
The Philadelphia Stormwater Management Guidance Manual (the Manual, or SMGM) is a comprehensive resource for the development community in complying with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) Stormwater Regulations (Stormwater Regulations) and designing stormwater management on private property. Contains information on technical design, submission, construction, and post-construction requirements.web/pdf

If you have any questions about this program, please contact the PWD Stormwater Incentives team at 215-685-6070 or PWD.StormwaterCredits@phila.gov

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