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Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Agencies, and Commercial Organizations to Restore and Protect Water Quality from Nonpoint Source Pollution

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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) - Water Quality Control Division (WQCD)

Deadline Date:

02/04/19 5:00 PM MST


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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations, government entities, and commercial organizations for projects that address water quality issues related to nonpoint source pollution. Funding is intended to restore or protect water bodies from sources of sediment, selenium, nutrients, and/or pathogens.

Funding 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.
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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166600

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical project budgets range from $200,000 to $500,000 but there is no required budget amount to qualify for funding.

Term of Contract:

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 earliest projected start date for projects receiving funding under this announcement is March 2020 with a projected end date for projects of February 2024.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Governmental Agencies, Non-for-profit entities, including watershed groups, and Commercial Organizations may apply.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

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.


- RFA published on 11/28/18
- Deadline for applicants to submit written inquiries. (No questions will be accepted after this date/time.): 5:00 pm MST, 01/08/19
- Answers to written inquiries and any changes to the RFA published on 5:00 pm MST, 01/16/19
- Application submission deadline: 5:00 pm MST, 02/04/19
- Evaluation period: 02/05/19 – 04/05/19
- Estimated notice of funding recommendation to the WQCC: 04/10/19
- Water Quality Control Commission Administrative Action Hearing for funding NPS 319 projects: 05/13/19
- Estimated notification of funding decision: 06/10/19
- Estimated contract effective date: 03/2020

Contact Information:

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

Email your application and all attachments to:

Christa Trendle
Division name: Water Quality Control Division

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # 12390

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado