Beneficial Uses of Dredged Material (CAP Section 204)

Incentive Type: Grant Program
Infrastructure, Health And Safety
Eligible Sector:
Financial Incentive
Time Period:
FY 2015
Governing Body: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
What’s it worth?: $3.5 million

The Beneficial Uses of Dredged Materials (CAP Section 204) program provides funding for dredged materials to be used for projects including:

  • Protection
  • Restoration
  • Aquatic
  • Ecologically related habitats
  • Wetlands

The Corps of Engineers partner with a sponsor to create aquatic and wetland habitats in connection with existing dredging projects. Sponsors of these projects are responsible for:

  • Providing the U.S. with the

– Land
– Rights-of-ways
– Relocations
– Disposal Areas

  • Maintaining and operating the project after project completion

– The government cannot be charged for maintenance or operations

  • Assume responsibility in excess of the federal $5 million limitation
  • Contribute 35% of the project’s cost (including donated land value)

Awards range between $50,000 and $5 million. Some awards require matching funds up to 65%. Eligible organizations include:

  • Conservation district
  • Local government
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • State/territorial agencies
  • Water and wastewater utilities

To request assistance, eligible applicants should contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers directly through phone or email. Priority is given to projects with the biggest impact and most cost effective projects. Awards cannot exceed $10,000 per major project, regardless of the number of qualifying project within the larger project.