OR Nonpoint Source Implementation 319 Grants

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Grant amount: Up to US $30,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 8, 2019 4:00pm PST

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

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

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites stakeholders to apply for Clean Water Act §319 Nonpoint Source (NPS) Grants to support implementation and planning projects that address water quality problems in surface and groundwater resources resulting from NPS pollution. DEQ is seeking proposals from government agencies, tribal nations and nonprofit organizations for projects that will lead to the restoration of beneficial uses in impaired water bodies or the protection of beneficial uses in unimpaired water bodies.

Funds will be made available through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under §319 of the Clean Water Act to support a wide variety of potential nonpoint source pollution management activities, including:

  • technical assistance;
  • waterbody assessment;
  • public awareness and education;
  • training;
  • technology transfer;
  • demonstration projects; and
  • project effectiveness monitoring.


Oregon’s §319 NPS Grant Program is administered by DEQ and provides funding to eligible stakeholders for supporting activities that address the goals and objectives of Oregon’s NPS Management Program. Through §319(h), EPA provides federal funds to States on an annual basis for the development and implementation of each State's NPS Management Program. The §319 NPS Grant funds are primarily intended for organizational capacity development, implementation activities (including monitoring used to support TMDL development), and measuring progress towards achieving TMDL allocations. Project priorities for §319 NPS Grants are identified by DEQ’s NPS staff and are used in the development of this request for proposals (see Section C). 


Proposals submitted to DEQ must directly address one or more of the listed priorities included in Section C. In addition, proposals must describe how the project will contribute to achieving measurable environmental results and be feasible, practical and cost effective.
Because of limited funding, DEQ encourages Applicants to limit their request to no more than $30,000 in requested grant funds. DEQ encourages projects that involve collaborative stakeholder partnerships to engage state, local, federal and/or tribal nations. Cooperative efforts not only help to ensure effective coordination of funding and adequate match from diverse sources, but also often yield the greatest water quality benefit. 

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  • The following governmental agencies and non-profit organizations are eligible to receive 319 Grants. Other groups may also apply for grant funding by partnering with the following organizations:
    • Oregon Municipalities (cities and counties);
    • Non-profit Organizations;
    • Special Districts in Oregon, including Conservation Districts;
    • Watershed Councils/Associations;
    • State Agencies/Universities;
    • Tribal Nations;
    • Regional Planning Commissions; and
    • Water Suppliers.
  • Note that grant funds may be used to sub-contract with private entities, such as environmental consulting or engineering firms, in order to complete portions of projects that are beyond the capacity of the grantee organization. 
  • Proposals selected for funding must provide at least 40% of the total project cost (§319 funds requested + minimum match) as match using non-federal funds and/or in-kind services (e.g., volunteer time and effort).


  • The following types of projects are low priorities for the NPS Program and will not be considered for funding: 
    • Projects that install management practices to meet MS4 permit requirements, with the exception of demonstration projects directly transferable to other communities;
    • On-site wastewater treatment system projects for routine maintenance or repair of existing on-site (septic) systems;
    • Routine replacement of culverts; or
    • Projects to specifically protect (or replace failing?) infrastructure on U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management roads or lands.