Downtown Development Districts Grant Program

The Downtown Development Districts Act was created to leverage state resources in a limited number of designated areas in Delaware's cities and towns to:

  • spur private capital investment in commercial business districts and other neighborhoods;
  • stimulate job growth and improve the commercial vitality of our cities and towns; and
  • help build a stable community of long-term residents in our downtowns and other neighborhoods.

Under this Act, funding was allocated through the General Assembly to DSHA for the purpose of establishing and administering the DDD Grant Program. Investors who make Qualified Real Property Investments (QRPI) to commercial, industrial, residential, and mixed-use buildings or facilities may apply to DSHA for a DDD Grant.

To be Eligible to Apply for a DDD Grant

  • The QRPI must be made within the boundaries of a designated DDD.
  • The QRPI must be made in conformance with the approved District plan.
  • The QRPI must be in excess of the required MQIT (deductible) and minimum QRPI for the specific set-aside.
  • The QRPI must be made after the date the real property location is officially incorporated within the boundary of a designated District.
  • The Investor must meet site control requirements (e.g. legal title, sales agreement, or owner's consent).

Learn more about Delaware's DDD Program
Click the link above to view a story map developed by the University of Delaware in cooperation with the Delaware State Housing Authority and the Office of State Planning Coordination. The map has more information on how the program has worked to leverage significant private investment in Delaware's downtown areas.

Centralized DDD Incentives Site
The Office of State Planning Coordination maintains this website, which includes information on all available incentives from state and local partners. Available incentives include DDD grants, Delaware Historic Tax Credits, bridge loans, expedited permitting, funding for architectural and engineering work, property tax abatements and more.

DDD Annual Report

  1. 2015 DDD Annual Report
  2. 2016 DDD Annual Report

District Designations

  • January 11, 2015 The Governor announced the initial three DDD Districts: Dover, Seaford and Wilmington.
  • August 10, 2016 The Governor announced five additional DDD Districts: Georgetown, Harrington, Laurel, Milford and Smyrna.

The corresponding District Plans for the newly designated Districts will serve as the focal point for coordinated action by state, local, and private entities.

For additional information including District Plans and Maps for each of the designated Districts, please use the link below:
Office of State Planning
Interactive Map - Use this link to determine if a property is located within a designated District

Available Funding

  • DSHA has established two funding set-asides for DDD Grant awards, the Small Project Set-Aside and the Large Project Set-Aside, to ensure a variety of projects have ample access to the DDD funding.

  • The Large Project Set-Aside has been further divided into a General Pool and a District Pool to ensure all Districts have reasonable access to the DDD funding. As with the initial round of funding for the first three designated Districts, DSHA has allocated 50% of the Large Project Set-Aside to each of the pools.

  • District allocations are based on the populations of each District.
SMALL Project Set-Aside * $ 1,700,000 $ 15,000 $50,000 per building or facility
LARGE Project Set-Aside ** $ 4,549,368 $ 25,000 $1,500,000 per building or facility (2)

* Approximate balance. Applications processed daily.

** BREAKDOWN OF LARGE PROJECT SET-ASIDE (1) The Minimum Qualified Investment Threshold (MQIT) for Large Projects is the minimum amount of Qualified Real Property Investments (QRPI) required to be made by an Investor to qualify for a Large Project DDD Grant. The MQIT for Large Projects is treated similarly to a deductible and is not eligible for a Grant. The MQIT for Small Projects is the required minimum investment only and is eligible for a Grant.

(2) DDD Grants are limited to $1,500,000 per building or facility within a five-consecutive-year period, starting with the year in which a grant is first awarded or reserved. A $1,500,000 Grant requires a QRPI greater than $41,000,000.
General Pool   $ 2,274,684
District Pool   $ 2,274,684
Dover $ 316,181  
Seaford $ 79,614  
Wilmington $ 1,044,080  
Georgetown $ 266,138  
Harrington $ 88,713  
Laurel $ 79,614  
Milford $ 225,193  
Smyrna $ 175,151  

How to Apply

Please refer to the DDD Grant Program Guidelines which can be found below for details on available funding, how to apply, important dates, eligibility requirements, and the DDD Grant process.

Important Dates

  • March 14, 2017 DDD Grant Program information for the new funding round posted to DSHA Website
  • May 15, 2017 Large Project Reservation applications due to DSHA by 4:00 p.m.


Please download and review the documents below to learn more about the DDD Grant Program, to obtain forms, and to determine if you qualify.

DDD Grant Program AT A GLANCE

  1. A Quick Overview of the DDD Grant Program for the Spring 2017 Funding Round

DDD Grant Program Guidelines and Applications

  1. DDD Grant Program Guidelines
  2. Small Project Lite-Reservation Application
  3. Small Project Grant Application
  4. Large Project Grant Reservation Application
    1. DDD Priority Consideration Guidelines
  5. Troubleshooting Browser Issues

If you are having trouble viewing the Small or Large Project Grant Application, please refer to the above link "Troubleshooting Browser Issues".

Additional Forms

  1. Multiple-Owner Form (includes Coordination Form)
  2. Tenant Owner Consent Form (includes Coordination Form)
  3. Blank Fillable W-9 Form
  4. Forms and Guidelines for Large Project CPA Attestation Coming Soon

Large Project DDD Grant Applications and Reservation Awards

  1. Funding Round 4 – Awarded January 2017
    1. Large Project Applications Received
    2. Large Project Reservation Awards
  2. Funding Round 3 - Awarded June 2016
    1. Large Project Applications Received
    2. Large Project Reservation Awards
  3. Funding Round 2 - Awarded February 2016
    1. Large Project Applications Received
    2. Large Project Reservation Awards

DSHA Contact Person

Do you have questions about this program? Would you like to suggest an improvement to this Web page? Please contact Penny Pierson at 302.739.4263.