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TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Water Quality Restoration Grants

Grants to Florida Local Governments and Water
Management Districts to Mitigate Water Pollution

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Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Deadline Date:

11/01/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Florida local governments and water management districts to reduce pollutant loads from urban stormwater discharges in impaired waters. Funding will be used to implement best management practices such as stormwater treatment facilities. Funding may be requested for the following types of projects:

-The project reduces stormwater pollutant loadings from urban areas that discharge to waterbodies on the state’s verified list of impaired waters.
-The project is at least at the 60 percent design phase.
-The project is permitted, or the permit has been scheduled for approval at the next meeting of the water management district governing board or department.
-The project includes storm event monitoring to determine the actual load reduction.
-The construction will be completed within three years of appropriation of the funds by the Legislature in order to ensure fund remain available.
-The grant funds are used for construction of best management practices, monitoring to determine pollutant load reductions, or public education activities specifically associated with the project and may only occur after the date of contract. Funds spent in advance of contract may be used for match, such as design, land acquisition and other costs incurred by the applicant.

The criteria for project evaluation and ranking include:
-Impairment status of the receiving water body.
-Estimated load reduction of the pollutants of concern.
-Percentage of local matching funds.
-Cost-effectiveness based on the cost per pound of total nitrogen and/or total phosphorus removed per acre treated.
-Inclusion of a robust educational component.
-Whether the local government sponsor has implemented a dedicated funding source for stormwater management, such as a stormwater utility fee.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162417

Term of Contract:

The construction phase must be due to be completed by February 28th, 2019 (3 years from July 1, 2016).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Local governments
-Water management districts

Pre-Application Information:

The applicant will provide a minimum of 50 percent of the total project cost in matching funds, of which at least 25 percent are provided by the local government.

Grant applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year and are reviewed and ranked in March, July and November annually.

Deadline for submittal of applications is by the close of business on the first business day of each review period. For example, for the March review period, only applications received by 5:00 PM on March 1 will be considered.

All applications must be submitted electronically to the Grant Coordinator in the Nonpoint Source Management Program. Please note in the subject line “TMDL Grant Submittal-Month Year” and the name of your project.

Projects will be selected for grant funding based on ranking and the availability of funding. Projects not selected for funding will remain in the pool of projects that will be ranked for one year from the date of submittal.

Spreadsheet tools for estimating pollutant load:$docs.htm

Contact Information:

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

Emily Forinash, Grant Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida