GA Regional Water Plan Seed Grant Funds

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

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Grant amount: Up to US $75,000

Next anticipated deadline: Oct 17, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 31, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity College / University

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Georgia (US state)

Location of residency: Georgia (US state)

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From State Fiscal Year 2017 funds appropriated by the Georgia General Assembly for Regional Water Planning, EPD announces the SFY2017 Regional Water Plan Seed Grant program. A total of $150,000 is available for competitive grants. The Regional Water Plan Seed Grants are being provided to support and incentivize local governments and other water users as they collect and manage requisite data and information and undertake their Regional Water Plan implementation responsibilities.

NOTE: Project applicants who have received grant funds in past years but have NOT demonstrated successful administration of previous Section 319(h), Section 106, Section 604(b) or other grant funded projects may receive a reduction in points during project review. Successful administration includes but is not limited to: completing all project activities during the contract period, meeting all required deadlines, completing the project on time and on budget, expending all grant funds requested on project activities, and providing adequate documentation as requested by the Division.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible recipients of the Regional Water Plan Seed Grant funds include:
    • local, regional and State units of government,
      • Please note that local governments must have Qualified Local Government Status in compliance with the requirements of the Georgia Planning Act of 1989 and the Service Delivery Strategy Law of 1997 in order to be eligible to execute contracts with GAEPD, per State law.
    • local authorities which operate local government service delivery programs,
    • regional commissions,
    • resource conservation and development councils,
    • local school systems,
    • State college and universities, and
    • State agencies.
  • Applications must include a letter of endorsement from the Council Chair of the relevant regional Water Planning Council(s).
  • Maximum Reimbursement And Minimum Match:
    • Maximum reimbursement amount for a Regional Water Plan Seed Grant is capped at $75,000 and limited to 60% of the total project cost. 
    • More information on matching is available here.
    • Additional informations for Local match can be found on FAQ.
  • Eligible Activities And Projects - Types of Regional Water Plan activities and projects that are eligible for funding by the Regional Water Plan Seed Grant include:
    • Undertaking programs to address critical information and/or data needs identified in the Regional Water Plan(s); 
    • Tracking and analyzing available monitoring data and reporting on water resource conditions as identified as needs in the Regional Water Plan(s); 
    • Preparing and distributing technical guidance that can be shared by Regional Water Councils on management practices that effect common water resources; and 
    • Providing technical assistance to support implementation of Regional Water Plan management practices. 


  • Additional priority, which may increase competitiveness, will be given to project proposals that:
    • Demonstrate a match commitment of 50% or higher. Those project proposals may receive additional points during project review.
      • Note, this will lead to a higher total project cost and the cash match must still equal 10% of the total project cost. 
    • Demonstrate a cash match commitment of 20% or higher. Those project proposals may receive additional points during project review.


  • State law currently prohibits non-governmental organizations (such as private firms and nonprofit organizations) from receiving Grant funds directly;
    • however, these organizations are encouraged to foster partnerships with eligible applicants to develop projects.
  • Indirect Charges: Federally-approved indirect cost rate.
    • Indirect Charge costs will not be reimbursed utilizing grant funds.
      • However, applicants may use indirect charges as match.
      • Project proposals utilizing indirect charges as a sole source of match will not score as well due to a reduction of cost effectiveness.