MN Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency


Grant amount: More than US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 2, 2019 2:30pm PST

Applicant type: Indigenous Group For-Profit Business Government Entity College / University Nonprofit Unaffiliated Researcher Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher Working Professional

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Minnesota

Location of residency: Minnesota

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Overview:

Section 319 Funding

The MPCA anticipates about $2.5 million will be available this year for projects that will reduce nonpoint source pollution in Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams. Funding for selected projects will be provided by Section 319 grant funds, contingent upon Congressional appropriation.

Eligible projects must be in an identified critical area of the watershed and have an EPA-approved total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the waterbody. The project must also have an MPCA-approved TMDL implementation plan for an EPA-approved TMDL or the TMDL must be addressed in the strategy table of an MPCA-approved Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS). The EPA-approved TMDL for the impaired waterbody must have been approved by December 31, 2016.

What types of projects are eligible for funding?

MPCA’s Section 319 grant program is seeking applications for projects to implement best management practices (BMPs) that will reduce nonpoint source pollution (NPS) in Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams. Eligible projects must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be an identified critical source area;
  • Have an EPA)-approved TMDL and that approval must have occurred on December 31, 2016 or earlier,
  • Have an MPCA-approved TMDL implementation plan for an EPA-approved TMDL or the TMDL must be addressed in the strategy table of an MPCA-approved Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS).This MPCA-approved supporting document (TMDL implementation plan or WRAPS) must have been approved by December 31, 2016. 

Projects should clearly identify the critical source areas in the watershed and target actions to those locations. Critical source areas are geographic areas identified by a watershed model or similar tool (and ultimately confirmed by field observation and/or confirmed by local partners or stakeholders) that show areas disproportionately contributing pollutant loads or excess flow to surface waters. 

TMDL implementation or WRAPS implementation projects must have measurable outcomes that include significant pollutant load reductions.

Feedlot projects: Any non-federal or state permitted feedlot with a Manure Management Plan is eligible. 

An application should reference a watershed plan that addresses EPA’s “Nine Minimum Elements”.

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

Eligibility:

  • Who is eligible to apply for funding?
    • Public and private entities, including local governmental units such as Soil and Water Conservation Districts, watershed districts, tribal authorities, cities, counties, regional development centers, local school systems, colleges and universities, local nonprofit organizations, state agencies, organizations established by joint powers agreements, for-profit groups, and individuals interested in leading a NPS project.
      • To be considered for Section 319 funding, the project sponsor (the entity responsible for the project and its overall success), must have a Federal Identification Number.
  • Match requirements:
    • Grantees are required to contribute at least 40% of the total project cost as a cash or in-kind match.
    • The grant award may cover no more than 60% of the total project cost.
  • Eligible Costs: Read detailed information here.

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible costs - Ineligible costs include any costs that are unreasonable or not directly related to the project, and the following, even if directly related to the project. 
    • Any expenses incurred before the contract is fully executed including applicant’s expense for preparing an application, and final development of work plan, budget, timeline;
    • Bad debts, late payment fees, finance charges or contingency funds, interest, and investment management fees;
    • Employee worksite parking;
    • Entertainment, gifts, prizes and decorations;
    • Fundraising; donations;
    • Alcoholic refreshments;
    • Lobbying, lobbyists and political contributions;
    • Merit awards and bonuses;
    • Hospitality rooms;
    • Conference fees; or
    • Attorney fees.
  • What types of projects are not eligible for funding?
    • Activities addressing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES) requirements such as feedlot, wastewater or stormwater permits;
    • Activities related to point sources;
    • Activities addressing enforcement actions;
    • Activities whose purpose is primarily water quality monitoring or assessment;
    • Activities related to operation and maintenance of a feedlot;
    • Upgrading or replacing septic systems; or
    • Projects that have the potential to degrade an existing water body.