NC Nonpoint Source 319 Grant Program

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality


Grant amount: US $16,000 - US $600,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 19, 2019 9:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 4, 2019 9:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: College / University Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in North Carolina: Alamance County, Ashe County, Avery County, Brunswick County, Buncombe County Expand all

Location of residency: North Carolina

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Overview:

Note: Applicants may also submit a draft application no later than the ('pre-proposal deadline') to obtain preliminary review and comments from DWR staff.

Background

By amendment to the federal Clean Water Act in 1987, the Section 319 Grant program was established to provide funding for efforts to reduce nonpoint source (NPS) pollution, commonly referred to as stormwater runoff pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides funds to state and tribal agencies. States and Tribes then allocate funds via a competitive process to public and non-profit organizations to address current or potential NPS concerns.

Funds may be used to:

  • demonstrate innovative best management practices (BMPs)
  • support education and outreach programs
  • establish Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL's) for a watershed
  • restore impaired streams or other water resources
  • or conduct NPS assessment or applied research.

Grants are divided into two categories:

  • Base Projects involve research, demonstration, or education efforts to support both protection and restoration related to NPS stressors.
  • Incremental projects seek to restore streams or other waterbodies that are currently impaired and not meeting their intended uses.

Request for Proposals

Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), DWR is seeking proposals only for projects that implement a DWR-approved watershed restoration plan to restore impaired waters affected at least in part by nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. Impaired waters are those for which existing state or other approved monitoring entities’ data shows exceedance of a water quality standard for a given pollutant.

Applicants are also encouraged to identify other similar work going on within the state, and to partner with other state or local agencies on projects to reduce NPS pollution.

Partnerships demonstrate a commitment from the community that projects will be maintained and have community buy in. For instance, potential partners include the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, North Carolina Division of Mitigation Services, local Soil and Water Conservation District offices, or other state or federal NPS programs. Leveraging of funds according to the Environmental Protection Agency is an incentive to increase community partnerships and a commitment for improving water quality for years to come.

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

Eligibility:

  • The following agencies and organizations are eligible to apply for and receive 319 funds:
    • State and local governments (including Councils of Government) 
    • Interstate and intrastate agencies
    • Public and private nonprofit organizations and institutions (including academic institutions)
  • Conditions for Funding eligibility:
    • Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), DWR is seeking proposals only for projects that implement a DWR-approved watershed restoration plan to restore impaired waters impacted by nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. 
      • Impaired waters are those for which existing state or other approved monitoring entities’ data shows exceedance of a water quality standard for a given pollutant.
    • 319 grant watershed restoration funds can only be used to implement projects that will improve impaired waters.
    • 319 funded projects must be designed to address waterbodies on the list of North Carolina’s impaired waters
      • See accompanying map of impaired waters for the same information in spatial form.
    • Funding must go towards projects in watersheds with an approved Watershed Restoration Plan.
  • All projects must include non-federal matching funds of at least 40% of the project’s total costs (i.e. of the total cost, 60% is Federal funds and 40% is match funds). 

Preferences:

  • Note that proposals that are able to provide significantly more than the minimum 40% match will receive additional points during the evaluation process.
  • Both the U.S. EPA and North Carolina place a strong emphasis on achieving “measurable results” for projects selected to receive 319 Grant funding. The following characteristics of projects are preferred:
    • Locate BMPs where they willbest target identified, disproportionate sources of water quality degradation.
    • Whenever possible, target projects above and close to existing monitoring stations to take advantage of ongoing data collection that will document project results.
    • Utilize existing monitoring or design and implement monitoring to show the effectiveness of the restoration effort. Methods could include, but are not limited to:
      • Water quality monitoring to quantify in stream water quality improvement
      • Biological monitoring to measure the effects of projects on stream ecological health/recovery of aquatic species
      • Measured, modeled or estimated reductions (e.g., by 200 lbs) in pollutants like sediment or nutrients entering waterbodies as a result of implementing an established BMP (document measurement/modeling methods)
      • Measured, modeled or estimated reductions (e.g., 30%) of nutrients leaving farms as a result of improved animal waste management or other farming practices (document methods)
      • Low-tech measures such as photo-documentation to visually illustrate water quality improvements, such as stream appearance after a rainstorm shown before and after project implementation, or demonstrating improved water quality appearance after fencing out livestock from a stream.

Ineligibility:

  • The 319 Grant will not fund a stream, wetland, or buffer restoration that is a compensatory mitigation requirement or any activities relating to compensatory mitigation.
  • Activities specifically required by a draft or final NPDES permit, MS4 permit, Phase I and Phase II stormwater program requirement are ineligible.