The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) anticipates receiving an annual grant under Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act to help prevent, control and/or abate nonpoint source pollution in support of Georgia’s Nonpoint Source Management Program. GAEPD then conducts a competitive process to fund eligible projects that will lead to direct reductions in pollutant loads and measurable water quality improvements in impaired waters throughout the state.
The grant’s cost-share policy requires a maximum of 60% federal dollars and a minimum of 40% non-federal cash or in-kind match toward the total project cost. Currently, the maximum federal award to any individual project is $400,000, which requires a minimum local match of $266,667, resulting in a total project cost of $666,667. There is no minimum federal award amount that a project can receive. The maximum duration of any individual grant is limited to three years to achieve the project goals and objectives.
- public entities such as city or county governments with Qualified Local Government status
- regional and state agencies
- authorities that operate public service or delivery programs (e.g. sewer, water)
- regional commissions
- resource conservation and development councils
- county extensions
- local school systems
- state colleges and universities.
Projects must meet all three minimum requirements:
- Implement existing watershed-based plans that adequately address USEPA’s Nine Elements for Watershed Planning
- Focus within a single 10-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC-10), or smaller
- Commit to a minimum 40% non-federal cash or in-kind match.
Proposals must specify the nonpoint sources of pollution and identify the activities best suited to address these sources, which can include:
- watershed restoration
- local regulatory or non-regulatory enforcement programs
- urban stormwater controls not included in NPDES permits
- technical and financial assistance
- education and training
- water quality monitoring to evaluate success of best management practices (BMPs).
Applicants must attend the Pre-application Meeting Webinar (early September) with the GAEPD Grants Unit for review of current application process and use the current FY2018 Application and Guidelines