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319 Nonpoint Source (NPS) Project Program

Grants to Montana Nonprofits and Agencies for Projects to
Address Pollution Resulting from Various Diffuse Sources

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Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

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11/13/20 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Montana nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects to address pollution resulting from various diffuse sources. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for the design and implementation of projects that reduce and prevent nonpoint source pollution in impaired waterbodies while improving water quality and restoring natural stream and lake processes.

The 319 Project Program funds on-the-ground projects that reduce or prevent nonpoint source pollution. To improve the long-term sustainability of nonpoint source reductions, projects should focus on restoring natural processes (e.g., channel migration, floodplain connectivity, native riparian revegetation). A limited amount of funding may also be used to pay for local outreach and education activities.

Projects must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Address nonpoint source pollution.
  • Implement actions consistent with recommendations in the current Montana Nonpoint Source Management Plan.
  • Implement activities or practices identified in a DEQ-accepted Watershed Restoration Plan
  • Address impairments, either locally or downstream, identified in the current Montana List of Impaired Waters.
  • Be completable within three years. (Note: In some instances, sponsors may be encouraged to apply for funding for design and permitting, and then come back and apply for funding for actual construction in a subsequent year.)
  •  Projects addressing stream flow through improved water use efficiency must include reasonable assurance that unused water will remain in the stream (e.g., through a change of use to instream flow, or a signed commitment from the water right holder).
  • Projects involving grazing management (e.g., riparian fencing, creation of riparian pastures) must include a grazing management plan as a task deliverable.

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GrantWatch ID#: 125323

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The recommended range for NPS funding requests is $10,000–$300,000 per application. However, DEQ will accept applications from groups willing to distribute funding as mini-grants for educational activities. DEQ intends to fund one educational mini-grant application at a maximum of $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completable within three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities may be eligible to receive funding:
- Nonprofit organizations having a tax-exempt declaration of 501(c)(3) from the Internal Revenue Service.
- Governmental entities. A governmental entity is a local, state, or federal organization that has been established and authorized by law.

The following activities are not eligible for funding:
- Development of a Watershed Restoration Plan (WRP).
- Activities required as a condition of a point source discharge permit (MPDES).
- Watershed characterization studies.
- Pollutant source identification.
- Water quality monitoring, except for monitoring the effectiveness of a current, 319-funded project.
- Statewide education and outreach campaigns.
- Projects whose primary purpose is to protect infrastructure from natural stream channel migration.

Pre-Application Information:

- August 2020: Issue of FY2021 Call for Applications
- Until Wednesday, 11/11/2020 at 5:00 pm: DEQ will ensure staff availability for answering questions, reviewing draft applications, and providing other assistance.
- Friday, 11/13/2020, 5:00 pm: Signed applications and all attachments due to DEQ by 5:00 pm
- Wednesday, 12/02/2020: Project sponsor presentations and Agency Review Panel discussion
- Tuesday, 12/15/2020, 5:00 pm: Notice of Intent to Award is sent to project sponsors
- 12/16/2020 through 1/31/2021: Contract development
- July/August 2021: Funding becomes available

All project sponsors are encouraged to contact a member of the DEQ Nonpoint Source staff prior to submitting their application. If contact is made soon enough, staff are often available to review draft applications, provide pre-application site visits, and offer suggestions to help improve the competitiveness of your application.

Required Registrations - All project sponsor must:
- Have a current DUNS number. Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers may be obtained from the following website:
- Be registered with the federal System for Award Management (SAM). The SAM registration website is
- Be registered with the Montana Secretary of State. All project sponsors must be registered with the Montana Secretary of State to do business in the state of Montana. Registration with the Secretary of State may be completed via the following website:

A 40 percent cost-share (match) is required. For more information, see

Payment is on a reimbursement basis.

State of Montana’s File Transfer Service Signup Instructions:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Electronic documents smaller than seven megabytes (7 MB) may be delivered via email to Mark Ockey: Electronic documents larger than seven megabytes (7 MB) must be delivered using the State of Montana’s File Transfer Service:

- Kristy Fortman, Section Supervisor: 406-444-7425 or
- Robert Ray: 406-444-5319 or
- Mark Ockey: 406-444-5351 or
- Eric Trum: 406-444-0531 or
- Hannah Riedl: 406-444-0549or

Watershed Protection Section
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
1520 E. Sixth Avenue
P.O. Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901

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