Programs that support small retention

5 maja 2020 r.

Currently, three national programs have been launched to support small retention in rural and urban areas. We clarify to whom they are intended and which of them involve the possibility of obtaining funding.

  • A City with Climate - "green and blue infrastructure"- it is a competition for local governments announced at the end of April this year by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management together with the Ministry of Climate. It provides for co-financing of projects in the field of rainwater management and shaping urban greenery. Under the programme there are no subsidies for private persons. Information about the launch of the recruitment, which is scheduled to start in June this year, will be available at: More information on climate change adaptation programs for 2019-2021:
In June this year, the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy is also to launch another call for applications for co-financing of municipal investments increasing the amount of water retained. PLN 60 million is intended for the implementation of the program. At present, 44 projects are being implemented in Poland to counteract climate change for the total amount of EU funding of over PLN 1 billion. information:
  • Farm modernization - farm irrigation area, it is a program of subsidies for irrigation for farms implemented by ARMA.
This program is intended for farmers. Thanks to it, farm owners are able to finance, among others, the construction of wells and tanks, and the purchase of machinery and equipment for the collection, storage, treatment, recovery or distribution of water, irrigation installations and irrigation control systems. The financial aid per beneficiary and one farm amounts to PLN 100,000.
The time for farmers to submit applications is extended until July 20, 2020. The application documents are available at:
Polish Waters will support the implementation of the program by training consultants appointed by the Agricultural Advisory Centres, in order to help farmers prepare water and legal documentation required for obtaining permits for the construction of farm irrigation equipment.
  • Trough retention - the Programme for shaping water resources in agricultural areas is implemented by Polish Waters. Note! There are no subsidies under this program. The investments are planned and financed from the budget allocated for this purpose in the amount of PLN 154.7 million (for a period of three years). This year, works are planned for the amount of PLN 60 million. The program is an inter-ministerial activity implemented together with the Ministry of Water Management and Inland Navigation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as with local governments and water companies gathering farmers. It is to cover 16 voivodships in Poland. The goal is to restore the bi-functionality of drainage facilities, which will ensure water retention on arable land during periods of drought. More on: 
Water storage activities are also carried out by WFOŚiGW and local governments.

In the Łódź Voivodeship, particularly exposed to the problem of drought, The Voivodship Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Łódź allocates PLN 4 million to co-finance retention as part of the priority program "DESZCZÓWKA - Collecting rainwater". Thanks to it, the interested individuals will be able to obtain up to PLN 5,000 for sowing flower meadows and the construction of small retention reservoirs.
Note! In many communes, local government programs are being implemented, co-financing pro-retention activities also for private individuals, such as co-financing the construction rainwater tanks.

Pro-retention activities of its inhabitants are supported, among others, by Warsaw, Wrocław, Gdynia, Sosnowiec, Gdańsk and Choroszcz. Detailed information on the functioning of pro-retention programs and co-financing of supporting activities, including catching rainwater should be sought on the websites of municipal or municipal offices relevant to your place of residence.
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