Section 319(h) Georgia's Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant

Grantor: Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Posted: August 18, 2017
Due: October 31, 2017

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.

Eligible Applicants:
  • 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:
  1. Implement existing watershed-based plans that adequately address USEPA’s Nine Elements for Watershed Planning
  2. Focus within a single 10-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC-10), or smaller
  3. 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.
The Grants Update is sent each day at 3:00 PM when new grants have been added in the previous 24 hours.
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Before your city applies for federal grants:

  • Appoint a contact person
  • Register with Grants.gov using the following steps (please note: this may take between 3 business days and 3 weeks):
Additional information can be found here, by contacting Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or by contacting Becky Taylor of the GMA staff at 678-686-6276.