Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants - Federal Clean Water Act Section 319 - Nonpoint Source Watershed Planning

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)

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Predicted deadline: Mar 17, 2021 2:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $4,300,000

Fields of work: Environmental Contamination & Pollution Freshwater Conservation Water Resource Management

Applicant type: Government Entity, Indigenous Group, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Michigan

Location of residency: Michigan

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Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants - Federal Clean Water Act Section 319


To provide funding to implement nonpoint source activities identified in DEQ-approved watershed management plans. Implementation activities must address specific sources of nonpoint source pollution identified by Michigan's Nonpoint Source Program Plan


To restore waters impaired by nonpoint source pollution and protect high quality waters from degradation. This funding source provides for the implementation of physical improvements as well as information/education strategies, land use planning, the installation of easements and related activities.  


  • Anticipated water quality benefit in relation to the costs.
  • Ability of the applicant to carry out the project.
  • Expected long-term water quality improvement or protection.
  • Consistency with approved watershed management plan.
  • Project evaluation activities.
  • Commitment for financial and technical assistance by project partners.

Minimum and Maximum Funding Amounts

The minimum request is $25,000 in grant funds. While there is no maximum request, the NPS Program encourages comprehensive implementation projects that will result in restoration of impaired waters or the long-term protection of high quality waters.

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  • Units of government (state agencies, counties, cities, townships, and villages), regional planning agencies, conservation districts, public and private colleges and universities, and incorporated nonprofit organizations who are exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • A DEQ-approved watershed plan that meets the U.S. EPA's nine planning elements is required to be eligible.
  • Most watershed implementation projects require a minimum 25% match. Conservation easement projects require a 50% match.
  • Eligible activities:
    • In general, implementing water quality based priority recommendations in approved watershed management plans including physical, vegetative, and managerial best management practices (BMP) and information and outreach activities are eligible.
    • Activities must directly address the NPS pollutants, causes, and sources identified as priorities in the watershed management plan. In addition, the pollutants, causes, and sources must also be addressed in Michigan’s NPS Program Plan.
  • Eligible watersheds:
    • Watersheds covered by a watershed management plan approved by the DEQ as meeting CMI criteria and the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) “Nine Minimum Elements of Watershed Management Planning” on or before July 18, 2018.
    • See approved watershed management plan listing here (11 MB PDF).


  • Ineligible applicants:
    • Federal agencies, individuals and groups without nonprofit status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Inter-County Drainage Boards, and entities without proof of a successful audit within the 24 months preceding the application due date. However, these entities can serve as project partners or receive grant funds as subcontractors to eligible grantees.
  • The following types of activities will not be considered for funding:
    • Activities that are required or will be required under a permit, required in a court or enforcement order, or required by law.
    • Maintenance practices (repair or replacement of existing infrastructure). However, the additional cost of upgrades to existing structures for water quality improvement is eligible (for example; replacing an existing culvert with a free span bridge, or repaving using pervious pavement).
    • Land acquisition (land purchase in fee simple).
    • Construction or operation of septage facilities, sanitary sewer, or traditional storm sewer collection systems (this includes installing catch basin inserts and other practices between the inlet and outlet of an existing storm water collection system).
    • Purchasing capacity at an existing wastewater treatment plant.
    • Point source-related projects.
    • Addressing the symptom but not the source of NPS pollution (including, but not limited to, weed harvesting, alum treatments, sand traps, and dredging).
    • Addressing issues not included in Michigan’s NPS Program Plan (e.g., atmospheric inputs or contaminated sediments).
    • Development of, or other work related to, wetland mitigation banks.
    • Projects that negatively impact any water resource.
    • Development or general updates of watershed management plans.

This page was last reviewed January 18, 2021 and last updated January 13, 2021