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Districts to Improve Water Quality and Reduce Pollution

Section 319 Subaward

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

Deadline Date:

07/06/22 - By close of business

Description:

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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).

Eligible Projects: Subgrants are for implementation projects of watershed-based plans, and the water quality improvement and nonpoint source management projects eligible for funding under Section 319 are limited to:

  • Stream restoration using natural channel design methodology and/or lowhead 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
  • Inland lake management and restoration (public lakes only)
  • Acid mine drainage abatement projects
  • Regional technical assistance to facilitate, develop, or design ready-to-implement nonpoint source projects that would be eligible for this funding 

Projects that perform the following will receive higher priority:

  1. Reducing nutrient within the Western Lake Erie Basin or other priority watersheds
  2. Exhibiting likelihood of measurable water quality or resource benefits
  3. Demonstrating capacity and track record administering federal grant funds
  4. Exhibiting successful completion of other Ohio EPA subawards
  5. Showing a readiness to proceed in implementation
  6. Targeting watersheds with a reasonable likelihood of restorability
  7. Wetland restoration especially when using Lake Erie tributary dredge sediments
  8. Expanding on previously funded nonpoint source projects
  9. Showing understanding and consistency 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)
  10. Showing connection to other implementation activities adjacent to the proposed project site that extend, expand, or increase BMP implementation activity, and fulfil goals and objectives described in the non-point source implementation strategy (NPS-IS) for the watershed
  11. Stressing project implementation (e.g. construction and BMP installation) rather than administrative, design, easements, outreach, travel or ancillary costs. 

Detailed information about eligible projects can be found at https://epa.ohio.gov/static/Portals/35/nps/319DOCS/319-FFY2022-RFP.pdf#page=6.

Required program elements can be found at https://epa.ohio.gov/static/Portals/35/nps/319DOCS/319-FFY2022-RFP.pdf#page=10.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144594

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for different amounts (based upon the project costs) of Section 319 grant funds for a 3-year period, but typically grant amounts have ranged between $40,000 to $360,000

Term of Contract:

Eligible projects will have a maximum 3-year term

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.

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 (such as Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) or Construction General Permits) 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 or easements lasting for at least the useful life of the installed conservation practice are required for conservation installations done on private property. Section 319(h) funds may not be used to reimburse for property value lost due to an easement, but administrative and legal costs associated with creating the easement 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 must be received by the close of business July 6, 2022.

While local match is not required due to the use of state of Ohio funded projects as match to federal funds, 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 ten percent (10%) of total project costs.

Contact Information:

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

Please email application and materials to:
- John Mathews, NPS Program Manager: john.mathews@epa.ohio.gov; and
- Rick Wilson, NPS Program Environmental Specialist 3: 614-644-2032, rick.wilson@epa.ohio.gov

Direct questions to Rick Wilson.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Ohio Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program
50 West Town Street, Suite 700
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43215

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