TCEQ Nonpoint Source Grant Program

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Jul 31, 2020 1:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

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

Location of project: Texas

Location of residency: Texas

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The TCEQ and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board  administer federal grants for activities that prevent or reduce nonpoint source pollution. Grants are awarded annually and fund projects for up to three years. The TCEQ usually solicits grants in the summer of each year. 

What Activities Are Eligible?

To be eligible for funding, a project must address the objectives, goals and/or priorities identified in the 2012 State of Texas Nonpoint Source Management Program or nonpoint source elements in the 1998 Texas Coastal Management Program Exit the TCEQ. 

Other eligible activities include: 

  • assessment of nonpoint sources of water pollution 
  • education and outreach
  • implementation of both technology-based and water quality–based management measures

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


  • Who Is Eligible?
    • All nonprofit organizations, and all state agencies or political subdivisions of the State of Texas—including cities, counties, school districts, state universities, and special districts—are eligible.
      • Private organizations may participate in projects as partners or contractors but may not apply directly for funding. 
    • Applicants are encouraged to partner with other local, state, and federal authorities to increase the impact of their activities. Participation offers the following benefits: 
      • More and better information is available for managing surface water resources. 
      • It ensures local perspectives are considered in decision making by government.
      • Stakeholders gain insight into the nature of water quality problems and solutions.
      • It promotes local stewardship of water resources through voluntary action.


  • Priority is given to funding development and implementation of watershed protection plans and alternative watershed-based plans. 


  • Projects that implement permit requirements for storm water are not eligible for funding.
    • However, storm water management activities not required by permit might be eligible for assistance.
    • Also, even in areas with storm water permits, low impact development practices and retrofits of storm water control structures are usually eligible for funding.