Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) - Water Quality Control Division (WQCD)
02/05/18 5:00 PM MST
Grants to Colorado government agencies and non-governmental organizations to protect and restore bodies of water from the impacts of nonpoint source pollution. Consideration will be given to watershed implementation projects that combat impairments to water quality stemming from nonpoint sources of sediment, selenium, nutrients, and pathogens; as well as projects that protect waterbodies from further degradation caused by nonpoint source pollution.
The Nonpoint Source Program (NPS Program) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Water Quality Control Division (CDPHE, WQCD) funds nonpoint source projects to help achieve its two overarching objectives of restoring and protecting waterbodies from nonpoint source pollution impacts. This announcement requests submittal of nonpoint source project applications that will be funded by a federal grant received from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under section 319(h) of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) with availability of non-federal matching funds through the Water Quality Improvement Fund (WQIF). Priorities for the use of the 319 grant funds are defined in the NPS Management Plan at www.npscolorado.com.
Grants will be used for:
1. Water Quality Restoration: Watershed implementation projects that construct Best
Management Practices (BMPs) identified in EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plans in order to restore waterbodies impaired by nonpoint sources of selenium, pathogens, sediment and/or nutrients. For these implementation projects addressing nonpoint source impairments, no more than 25% of the project budget can be used to revise the Watershed-Based Plans.
2. Water Quality Protection
Watershed implementation projects that implement BMPs identified in EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plans or equivalent water quality management plans in order to protect waterbodies from further degradation due to nonpoint sources of pollution. These waterbodies may or may not be impaired. For these protection implementation projects, no more than 25% of the project budget can be used to revise equivalent water quality management plans to meet applicable EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plan requirements.
In order to qualify for Section 319 funding, all answers to the following must be Yes
or Not Applicable (NA):
a) The project implements an EPA Nine Elements of a Watershed-based Plan by constructing on-the-ground BMPs to address nonpoint source impacts from selenium, pathogens and/or nutrients to waterbodies not meeting water quality standards.
b) The project implements BMPs identified in an EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plan or equivalent water quality management plan in order to protect waterbodies from further degradation due to nonpoint sources of pollution.
c) The implementation project does not propose to utilize more than 25% of the project budget for revising an EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plan or equivalent water quality management plan.
d) The project is consistent with the 2012 Colorado Nonpoint Source Management Plan.
e) Non-federal cash and/or in-kind matching funds equal to at least 40% of the total project cost are documented as available for the project. (Yes/No)
f) The project includes public education and outreach activity(ies) and product(s).
g) The project does not directly implement a discharge permit requirement(s), including implementation of discharge permit application requirements or an enforcement action.
h) The project is not located within sites designated as Operable Units by the EPA Superfund Program. If your answer is No, you must answer Yes to one of the following for your project to be eligible for funding: at active Superfund sites, the EPA Superfund Program determined areas or specific sites they will not address (provide such determination in writing); Superfund already completed work at the site, making clear that it will not be completing any more work at the site; or Superfund remediation or enforcement activities have not yet started at the site, only assessment work is underway.
i) An Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) project documents a current Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) and shows commitment to implementing the CNMP.
j) An AFO project requesting funds to implement aspects of a CNMP documents a direct relationship to water quality.
GrantWatch ID#: 166600
Typical project budgets range from $200,000 to $500,000 but there is no required budget amount to qualify for funding.
Each Section 319 grant awarded to the state is open for five years. Because of the time necessary to finalize Project Implementation Plans (PIPs) and contracting, this five year grant timeframe equates to approximately three and a half years for projects to be completed.
The projected start date for projects receiving funding under this announcement is July 2019 with a projected end date for projects of February 2023.
Actual project timeframes are dependent on date of grant award, time necessary for EPA approval of PIPs as well as for contracting and project-specific schedules.
For non-governmental entities, the applicant must be registered with the Secretary of State and is in good standing.
For non-governmental entities, the applicant must provide a Certificate of Insurance for general liability, automobile and workmen’s compensation at coverage levels identified at:
The applicant must provide a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.
The applicant must comply with Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) requirements.
Non-federal matching funds equal to at least 40% of the total project cost are required. Match can be cash and/or in-kind.
This announcement includes approximately $200,000 from the WQIF for use as non-federal match to Section 319-funded projects. All projects competing for Section 319 funding must demonstrate in the application that the 40% of total project cost non- federal match requirement is met without relying on WQIF. However, projects chosen for Section 319 funding that also meet WQIF eligibility requirements will receive an allocation of the approximately $200,000 WQIF based on the percentage of Section 319 funding allocated to the project, e.g., if 20% of the Section 319 funds are allocated to a project and if WQIF eligibility requirements are met, the project will receive 20% of the WQIF. The NPS program will then work with project sponsors to adjust project scopes accordingly.
Submit all inquiries by email. The question deadline is 5:00 PM (MST) on Jan. 8, 2018. Answers to written inquiries and any changes to the RFA published on npscolorado.com
The application submission deadline is 5:00 PM (MST) on Feb. 5, 2018.
-Deadline for applicants to submit written inquiries: 01/08/18 5:00 PM MST
-Answers to written inquiries and any changes to the RFA published: 01/16/18 5:00 PM MST
-Application submission deadline: 02/05/18 5:00 PM MST
-Evaluation period: 02/06/18 – 03/30/18
-Estimated notice of funding recommendation to the WQCC: 04/02/18
-Water Quality Control Commission Administrative Action Hearing for funding NPS 319 projects: 05/07/18
-Estimated notification of funding decision: 06/06/18
-Estimated contract effective date: 07/2019
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
RFA # 8875