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319/205(j) Grant Application Instructions

Section 319 Grants

The Federal Clean Water Act Section 319(h) provides funding for various types of projects that work to reduce nonpoint source water pollution. Funds may be used to conduct assessments, develop and implement TMDLs and watershed management plans, provide technical assistance, demonstrate new technology and provide education and outreach. Organizations eligible for funding include nonprofit organizations, universities, and local, state or federal government agencies. A 40% (non-federal) in-kind or cash match of the total project cost must be provided.

  • Eligible Entities: Nonprofit organizations, universities, and local, state, and federal governmental agencies.
  • Amount available: approximately $2,000,000 annually; Grants are for 60% of project costs; a 40% matching contribution is required. Federal funds cannot be used for matching.
  • Grant Cycle: One application round per year.
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Section 205(j) Grants

The federal Clean Water Act Section 205(j) provides funding for water quality management planning. Funds are to be used to determine the nature, extent and causes of point and nonpoint source pollution problems and to develop plans to resolve these problems. Organizations eligible for funding include municipal governments, county governments, regional planning commissions, and other public organizations. For-profit entities, nonprofit organizations, private associations and individuals are not eligible to receive this assistance.

The Section 205(j) program provides for projects that gather and map information on nonpoint and point source water pollution, develop recommendations for increasing the involvement of environmental and civic organizations in watershed planning and implementation activities, and develop and implement watershed management plans.

  • Eligible Entities: Municipal governments, county governments, regional planning commissions, and other public organizations.
  • Amount Available: Amount varies, averages $350,000 annually.
  • Grant Cycle: Periodic.
  • Competitive projects: have local leadership, strong public involvement and support, comprehensively address how to reduce the pollution source, and seek to demonstrate management practices or processes that are new to the area.

There are some restrictions to using 205(j) funds. They cannot be used to fund any of the following: dredging; drainage or flood control; permit fees; or compliance with NPDES permits or enforcement actions. Funds can be requested for up to $100,000. No match is required for 205(j) projects.

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