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Growing Greener Plus: EPA Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $1,000,000

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in Pennsylvania: Adams County, Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Bedford County, Bradford County, Bucks County, Butler County, Cambria County, Clearfield County, Columbia County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Erie County, Fayette County, Franklin County, Huntingdon County, Indiana County, Jefferson County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Luzerne County, Mercer County, Mifflin County, Schuylkill County, Tioga County, Union County, Venango County, Westmoreland County, York County Other eligible locations: Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Pennsylvania


Note: Applicants must contact the appropriate DEP staff prior to preparing a grant application. 

Growing Greener Plus Program

Growing Greener Plus refers to the four grant programs. The four programs covered are Growing Greener, 319 Nonpoint Source (NPS), Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) Bond Forfeiture, and AMD Set-Aside grants. 

EPA Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant

The Department receives Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source (NPS) grant funds (Federal Funds) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) each year to implement Pennsylvania's approved Nonpoint Source Management Program (NPS Program)

Project Eligibility Criteria (Priorities)

  • First Priority will be given to applications that implement projects including agriculture, urban stormwater, stream restoration, and AMD remediation projects identified in a 319 Priority Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP).
    • Preference will be given to those projects that most effectively address the impairments of concern in an approved WIP in a cost effective way.
    • A listing of the watersheds with an approved WIP can be found in the document titled EPA Section 319 Nonpoint Source Priorities (form # 1010-FM-GC0001k).
    • Copies of the actual WIPs can be viewed here.
  • Second Priority - If funds remain after funding projects within 319 WIP watersheds, applications that implement projects that address nonpoint sources of pollution to restore or protect water quality on a statewide or regional basis may be considered.

Technical guidance is available to assist applicants in developing riparian forest buffer projects.

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


  • Eligible applicants must meet one of the following criteria or obtain a sponsor that meets one of the criteria:
    • Incorporated Watershed Association
    • County or Municipality
    • County Conservation District
    • Council of Governments; or
    • Other authorized organization that is one of the following:
      • A tax exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations. If an applicant/sponsor is claiming an exemption from registering with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations, the applicant/sponsor must provide proof of such exemption with the application.
      • An Educational Institution
      • A Municipal Authority


  • EPA's Section 319 grants cannot fund any projects or activities that are part of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program such as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) or Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) and cannot fund any farms that are not covered by a manure management plan or nutrient management plan.