Downtown Development Districts Rebate 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 Rebate 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 Rebate.

To be Eligible to Apply for a DDD Rebate

  • 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
StoryMap: View an interactive map with details about each district’s unique character and assets. Get details on DDD projects that have received rebates or are in the pipeline and see photos of the project sites. The StoryMap was developed in cooperation with the University of Delaware’s Institute of Public Administration and the Office of State Planning Coordination.

View an Adobe Spark Page on Downtown Development Districts which highlights incentives offered by each of Delaware's eight DDD communities designated in 2015 and 2016. Within the Spark Page, view statewide DDD and City of Dover interactive maps, a video on the City of Milford's DDD, and project photos. This Spark Page was developed by the University of Delaware's Institute of Public Administration in cooperation with the Delaware State Housing Authority, Office of State Planning Coordination, and Delaware Department of Transportation.

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 rebates, Delaware Historic Tax Credits, bridge loans, expedited permitting, funding for architectural and engineering work, property tax abatements and more.

Grant Opportunities for Pursuing U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver Certification
DSHA received a Strategic Opportunity Funds for Adaptation (SOFA) grant to pay for third-party costs associated with achieving the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. This grant is capped at $30,000 per building or facility regardless of documented third-party costs.

  1. LEED Overview
  2. May 2017 Webinar Recording
    1. Webinar Presentation
  3. LEED Accredited Professionals in Delaware
  4. Sample Letter of Intent

DDD Annual Report

  1. 2015 DDD Annual Report
  2. 2016 DDD Annual Report
  3. 2017 DDD Annual Report
  4. 2018 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 Rebate selections, 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. 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.

  • Please refer to the program guidelines below for additional information on set-asides and available funding



MQIT (1)


SMALL Project Set-Aside *

$ 2,000,000

$ 25,000

$50,000 per building or facility (2)

LARGE Project Set-Aside **

$ 7,000,000

$ 25,000

$1,500,000 per building or facility (3)

* Approximate balance. Applications processed daily.

How to Apply

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


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

Fall 2019 DDD Documents and Guidelines coming soon!

DDD Rebate Program AT A GLANCE

  1. A Quick Overview of the DDD Large Project Rebate Program
  2. A Quick Overview of the DDD Small Project Rebate Program

Spring 2019 DDD Rebate Program Guidelines and Applications

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

If you are having trouble viewing the Small or Large Project Rebate Application, please refer to the above link "Troubleshooting Browser Issues" or contact DSHA to have the documents sent to you via email.

Additional Forms

  1. Project Conformity to District Plan Form
  2. Multiple-Owner Form (includes Coordination Form)
  3. Tenant Owner Consent Form (includes Coordination Form)
  4. Blank Fillable W-9 Form
  5. Forms and Guidelines for Large Project CPA Attestation
    1. Agreed Upon Procedures for Attestation of Costs Guidelines
    2. Attestation of Costs Forms
    3. CPA Attestation Report
    4. Sample Engagement Letter

DDD Large Project Reservation Awards

  1. Funding Round 9, Spring 2019 – Awards Announced July 2019
  2. Funding Round 8, Fall 2018 – Awards Announced February 2019
  3. Funding Round 7, Spring 2018 – Awards Announced June 2018
  4. Funding Round 6, Fall 2017 – Awards Announced February 2018
  5. Funding Round 5, Spring 2017 – Awards Announced June 2017
  6. Funding Round 4, Fall 2016 – Awards Announced January 2017
  7. Funding Round 3, Spring 2016 – Awards Announced June 2016
  8. Funding Round 2, Fall 2015 – Awards Announced January 2016
  9. Funding Round 1, January 2015 – Awards Announced April 2015

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.