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Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for
Projects to Reduce Water Pollution in Watersheds

Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program - Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 319(h) Grant

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Funding Source:

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Deadline Date:

07/15/22 3:00 PM CT

Description:

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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, school districts, and IHEs for activities to reduce and prevent water pollution throughout the state. Funding is intended to support projects to develop and implement watershed protection plans. Funds may be used for activities such as data collection, assessment, management practices, and outreach that lead to the decrease of nonpoint source pollution.

The Texas NPS Management Program includes multiple strategies for addressing nonpoint source pollution and should be consulted for compatibility with proposed projects.

Projects are administered through Contract agreements that describe the tasks, schedule, and budget for the project. Successful projects are usually two to four years long and primarily describe one or more of the following:

  1. The development of Watershed Protection Plans (WPP) that meet EPA’s required nine key elements for a watershed-based plan.
  2. The implementation of EPA-accepted WPPs focusing on best management practices (BMP) that measurably reduce nonpoint source pollution. 
  3. Targeted education and outreach designed to bring about behavioral changes that lead to reduced nonpoint source pollution
  4. The engagement and commitment of essential watershed partners
  5. The implementation of multiple management measures in WPPs
  6. The inspection of On-Site Sewage Facilities (OSSFs) in the Texas Coastal Zone Boundary

Both EPA and TCEQ place a strong emphasis on achieving measurable results for projects selected to receive 319(h) grant funding. To that end, implementation projects should be sited as close to the impaired water body and/or assessment unit (AU) as possible to target identified sources of water quality degradation. Therefore, TCEQ seeks proposals involving on-the-ground implementation that have the highest chance to improve water quality. TCEQ will be the sole judge of the best interests of TCEQ.

Targeted Areas: For this RFGA, TCEQ is not targeting any specific watersheds/AU’s but may do so in the future.

Priority is given to the development and implementation of watershed protection plans (WPPs). Local stakeholder groups guide the development of these plans to restore and protect water quality in specific Texas waterways. This planning process commonly involves gathering and/or assessing water quality data, determining the probable causes and sources of pollution, and selection of management measures designed to reduce pollution through voluntary efforts. Half of this grant program’s funding must be spent to implement federally accepted WPPs. 

Water bodies in the most recent application Priority Watersheds Report are given priority for restoration and/or protection activities.

Other eligible activities include:

  • Education and outreach designed to motivate changes in behavior that reduce NPS pollution
  • Implementation of both technology-based and water quality–based management measures to address NPS pollution - for example, low impact development installations, riparian or shoreline restoration, and repair or replacement of failing septic systems.
  • Project designed to protect unimpaired waters.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144176

Number of Grants:

Historically, TCEQ funds approximately 6 – 15 projects per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no defined maximum and minimum grant amount for TCEQ’s 319(h) Grant Program. However, recent awarded projects have ranged from $60,000 to $480,000 (federal dollars). Total project costs (including match) have ranged from $100,000 to $800,000.

Term of Contract:

Successful projects are usually two to four years long.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to state agencies, political subdivisions of the State of Texas (including cities, counties, school districts, state universities, and special districts), and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. Applicants are encouraged to partner with appropriate local, regional, state, and federal entities responsible for water resource management in the project area. Projects involving any work outside of the United States or dredging activities are not eligible for funding.

Restrictions:
Funds awarded under this grant may not pay for activities required by a permit issued to meet CWA requirements, such as a wastewater discharge permit or a stormwater permit. However, related activities not specifically required by a permit may be submitted for consideration. Applicants are required to produce relevant Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit documents such as Stormwater Management Plans, Annual Reports, etc. to document the eligibility of proposed project activities, upon request by TCEQ.

This solicitation is not for agricultural or silviculture projects, which are under the jurisdiction of the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB).

TCEQ does not fund the following costs:
- The cost of activities required by or demonstrating compliance with federal CWA requirements, such as wastewater or stormwater permits.
- Costs incurred in the preparation, submission, or revision of the grant application and work plan prior to entering into a contract with TCEQ.
- Costs incurred outside the TCEQ contract period (before final signature or after the contract closes).

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Deadline for Submission of Questions: June 15, 2022, at 3:00 PM (Central Time)
- Deadline for Submission of Applications: July 15, 2022, at 3:00 PM (Central Time)

All applications must be signed and emailed.
- Faxed applications will not be accepted.
- Hard copy applications will not be accepted.
- If a file is too large to email, it may be submitted via TCEQ’s FTP website:

All projects must include non-federal matching funds for 40% of the project’s total costs. Federal funds equal 60% of total project costs for awarded Contracts and are reimbursed by TCEQ.

For more information, see
https://www.txsmartbuy.com/esbddetails/view/582-22-32781

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to:
Procurements & Contracts procurements&contracts@tceq.texas.gov

Questions must be directed to:
Wendy Foley
Email: wendy.foley@tceq.texas.gov

Funding or Pin Number:

Solicitation Number: 582-22-32781

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas

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