GA Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant

Georgia Department of Natural Resources


Grant amount: Up to US $400,000

Deadline: Oct 31, 2018

Applicant type: Government Entity College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Georgia (US state)

Location of residency: Georgia (US state)

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Overview:

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) receives an annual grant under Section 319(h) of the Federal 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.

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Eligibility:

  • 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; and
    • local school systems and State colleges and universities.
    • State law prohibits private or non-profit companies or organizations from receiving Section 319(h) funds directly. However, these groups are encouraged to partner with public agencies to develop implementation projects and apply for grants.
  • Minimum Requirements For Funding: To be considered for funding, projects must meet all three of the following 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; AND
    • Commit to a minimum 40% non-federal Match that can be accomplished through local funds, in-kind services, or other non-federal sources.
  • Eligible Projects: Grant proposals must specify the nonpoint sources of pollution and identify the activities best suited to address these sources, which can include:
    • TMDL implementation;
    • watershed restoration;
    • local regulatory or non-regulatory enforcement programs;
    • urban stormwater controls not included in NPDES permits;
    • technical and financial assistance;
    • education and training; and
    • water quality monitoring to evaluate success of best management practices.

Preferences:

  • Eligible applicants that partner with local non-profit watershed groups established prior to the submittal of the application will receive additional priority consideration for a grant award.