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Grants to Ohio Nonprofits, Agencies, and Conservation Districts to Improve Water Quality and Reduce Pollution

Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grant


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Funding Source
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Division of Surface Water
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Geographic Focus
USA: Ohio

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/09/23 - By close of business Save

Grant Description
Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and park and conservation districts to improve water quality in eligible watersheds. Funding is intended to support projects that reduce sediment, nutrients, and other sources of pollution, improve stream and riparian habitat, or reverse the impacts of stream hydromodification. Proposed projects must be identified within an approved 9-element HUC-12 nonpoint source implementation strategy (NPS-IS).

Projects eligible for funding under Section 319 are limited to:

  • Stream restoration using natural channel design methodology and/or low-head dam removal
  • Highly targeted nutrient and sediment reduction projects in a single HUC-12 watershed
  • Riparian restoration using bioengineering and/or green methodology
  • Wetland and floodplain restoration
  • Stormwater management projects
  • Acid mine drainage abatement projects
  • Inland lake management and restoration (public lakes only)
  • Development or significant update of 9-Element Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategies in Disadvantaged Communities.
  • Technical assistance that actively develops or facilitates ready-to-implement projects.

Projects meeting the following criteria will receive higher priority:

  • Agricultural practices that retain, treat, slow, or reduce subsurface and surface runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin or Ohio River Basin priority nutrient reduction watersheds (Scioto, Paint Creek, Great Miami River, Little Miami River watersheds).
  • Projects that demonstrate measurable water quality benefits.
  • A demonstrated capacity and record administering federal grant funds or Ohio EPA subawards.
  • Proposals that show a readiness to proceed in implementation.
  • Watersheds exhibiting a reasonable likelihood of restorability.
  • Wetland restoration especially when using Lake Erie tributary dredge sediments.
  • Projects that expand (but do not duplicate) previously funded nonpoint source projects.
  • Projects consistent with Ohio’s nutrient initiatives (Western Lake Erie Basin, Ohio Nutrient Reduction Strategy, Ohio Domestic Action Plan, and Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force).
  • Projects that continue to extend, expand, or increase previous BMP implementation, and fulfill goals and objectives described in the NPS-IS Plan for the watershed.
  • Applications dominated by project implementation costs (e.g., construction and BMP installation) rather than those associated with administrative, design, easements, outreach, travel, etc.). 

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Required program elements can be found at


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following may apply for grant funding awarded under Section 319:
- Local municipalities, counties, and townships
- County and municipal park districts
- Soil & water conservation districts
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and watershed organizations
- Land managing state agencies

Schools and school districts are not eligible to apply directly for Section 319 subawards; however, a local government may apply to complete projects on publicly accessible school grounds with permission and support from the school.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have the management capacity and authority to implement the proposed project and the ability to establish and maintain partnerships to ensure the project implementation and the long-term operation and maintenance or management of projects.

Additional Geographic Information:

Eligible Watersheds:

Please note that federal grant guidelines EXCLUDE the following situations:
1. Private individuals and/or for-profit businesses are not eligible to apply directly for Section 319 funding under Ohio’s program, however, they may participate in public-private project-specific partnerships with an eligible applicant.
2. Nutrient and/or manure management or agricultural run-off control from regulated (permitted) livestock feeding operations.
3. Costs associated with complying with stormwater permit requirements (e.g., MS4 or Construction General) are not eligible and these funds may not be used to pay for best management practices (BMPs) or “end-of-pipe treatments” which either are required or anticipated to be required under an NPDES permit.
4. Environmental covenants for at least the useful life of the installed conservation practice are required for conservation installations done on private property. Section 319(h) funds cannot reimburse property owners for property value lost due to an environmental covenant, but certain administrative costs associated with creating the covenant may be eligible for funding. Land purchases are ineligible under Section 319(h) implementation program funding
5. Research and monitoring activities are not allowable.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due by November 9, 2023, close of business.

While a local match is not required due to the use of state of Ohio-funded projects as a match to federal funds, a significant local match will contribute to a higher ranking of a proposal.

Applicants may apply for more than one type of implementation project within a single grant application; however, grant sponsors may submit only one (1) application per HUC-8 watershed.

Costs associated with project-specific educational and outreach activities are eligible for grant funding but may not exceed 10% of total project costs.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Generally, Section 319 subawards have ranged from $50,000 to $330,000 of federal funding.

Term of Contract
Grants are expected to be awarded to applicants in winter or spring (2024) and will be in effect for 3 years.

Contact Information
Please email the application and materials to:
- John Mathews, NPS Program Manager:;
- Kim Gaddis, NPS Analyst:; and
- Rick Wilson, NPS Program Environmental Specialist 3:

Direct questions to any of the above staff members.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
50 West Town Street, Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215

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