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319 Grants - Assistance Grants for Developing 9-Element Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategies in the Ohio River Watershed

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

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Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Ohio Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and conservation districts to improve water quality in eligible watersheds. Funding is intended to support projects that reduce sediment, nutrients, and other nonpoint sources of pollution. Eligible projects focus on high-priority watersheds within the Ohio River Basin.

These strategies will address causes and sources of localized impairment of water resources at the HUC-12 watershed scale and those that contribute to far-field impairment in the Ohio River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico, specifically nutrients, sediment, and other nonpoint sources of pollution. The strategy created and the implementation projects they contain ensure that appropriate actions are conceived to make incremental progress toward reducing nutrient loads. Watersheds that develop these strategies are eligible for receiving 319 and other funding made available under Federal NPS Program Guidelines (April 2013).

Applicants may be given priority based on watershed loading (especially on lands with highest percentage of agricultural land use; where there is documented local support in the form of cash and/or in-kind services provided as match from participating organization(s), and/or where there includes effort to utilize BMPs siting tools (e.g., Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework). 

These grants are being awarded under an assistance agreement from U.S. EPA to Hypoxia Task Force member states to reduce excess nutrient losses to Ohio streams draining to the Ohio River, Mississippi River and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. This funding will develop locally led and tailored implementation projects that include solution-oriented nutrient reduction that can be applied in the short and medium term. To increase eligibility for funding under Ohio’s nonpoint source programs— specific to the Ohio River Basin watersheds, this request focuses on getting these 9-Element NPS-IS plans developed.

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GrantWatch ID#: 144594

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These short-term grants are limited to $25,000.

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Grants are limited to no more than 9 months in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: The following may apply to receive grant funding awarded under this funding:
- Soil & water conservation districts
- Local municipalities, counties (including county engineers), and townships
- County and municipal park districts
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and watershed organizations

Pre-Application Information:

Complete grant applications must be submitted to the Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water representatives by June 18, 2021 to be considered for funding.

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

Please submit your signed application by email (in both Microsoft Word and PDF format) to:
- John Mathews, 319 NPS Program Manager, and
- Rick Wilson, 319 Program Specialist,

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Ohio Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program
50 West Town Street, Suite 700
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049

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USA: Ohio

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