Nonpoint Source Program (NPS Program) Grant

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)

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Grant amount: US $200,000 - US $500,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 4, 2020 4:00pm PST

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado

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The nonpoint source program is looking for partners and projects that will help restore and protect waterbodies from nonpoint source pollution impacts. We are now accepting applications for watershed implementation projects that address water quality impairments caused by nonpoint sources of selenium, sediment, pathogens and/or nutrients, or protect waterbodies from further degradation caused by nonpoint source pollution. 

Funding Background and Overview

The Nonpoint Source Program (NPS Program) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Water Quality Control Division (CDPHE, WQCD) funds nonpoint source projects to help achieve its two overarching objectives of restoring and protecting waterbodies from nonpoint source pollution impacts. This announcement requests submittal of nonpoint source project applications that will be funded by a federal grant received from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under section 319(h) of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) with availability of non-federal matching funds through the Water Quality Improvement Fund (WQIF). Priorities for the use of the 319 grant funds are defined in the NPS Management Plan. The funds are provided to project sponsors through cost reimbursement contracts with the state for projects chosen during an annual, competitive process that begins with this funding announcement. Final funding decisions are made by the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC). 

Read the full RFA here for complete details. 

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  • Section 319 Funds Eligibility Requirements: In order to qualify for Section 319 funding, all answers to the following must be Yes or Not Applicable (NA):
    • The project implements an EPA Nine Elements of a Watershed-based Plan by constructing on-the-ground BMPs to address nonpoint source impacts from selenium, pathogens, sediment and/or nutrients to waterbodies not meeting water quality standards.
    • The project implements BMPs identified in an EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plan or equivalent water quality management plan in order to protect waterbodies from further degradation due to nonpoint sources of pollution.
    • The implementation project does not propose to utilize more than 25% of the project budget for revising an EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plan or equivalent water quality management plan. (Yes or NA)
    • The project is consistent with the 2012 Colorado Nonpoint Source Management Plan.
    • Non-federal cash and/or in-kind matching funds equal to at least 40% of the total project cost are documented as available for the project.
    • The project includes public education and outreach activity(ies) and product(s).
    • The project does not directly implement a discharge permit requirement(s), including implementation of discharge permit application requirements or an enforcement action (specific guidance about urban stormwater runoff is in Attachment E at “2018 Funding Announcement – Apply Here” on
    • The project is not located within sites designated as Operable Units by the EPA Superfund Program.
      • If your answer is No, you must answer Yes to one of the following for your project to be eligible for funding:
        • at active Superfund sites, the EPA Superfund Program determined areas or specific sites they will not address (provide such determination in writing);
        • Superfund already completed work at the site, making clear that it will not be completing any more work at the site; or
        • Superfund remediation or enforcement activities have not yet started at the site, only assessment work is underway.
    • An Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) project documents a current Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) and shows commitment to implementing the CNMP.  (Yes or NA)
    • An AFO project requesting funds to implement aspects of a CNMP documents a direct relationship to water quality. (Yes or NA)
    • The applicant has the capacity and the ability to enter into a cost reimbursement contract with the state no later than July 2019 (contract general and special provisions are in Attachment F at “2018 Funding Announcement – Apply Here” on
    • For non-governmental entities, the applicant is registered with the Secretary of State and is in good standing.
    • For non-governmental entities, the applicant can provide a Certificate of Insurance for general liability, automobile and workmen’s compensation at coverage levels identified at here.
    • The applicant can provide a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number
    • The applicant can comply with Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) requirements;
  • WQIF Eligibility Requirements: Answers to all of the following must be Yes in order to be considered for an allocation of WQIF for non-federal match of Section 319-funded projects: 
    • The applicant has NOT paid a Colorado Water Quality Control Act civil penalty within the past 5 years. 
    • The applicant has the ability to receive and spend State grant funds under TABOR spending limits.
    • The applicant has the ability to utilize the WQIF non-federal match no later than June 30, 2020.