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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and For-Profits for Projects to Restore and Protect State Waterbodies from Pollution

Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
166600

Funding Source
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
Funding or PIN Number: RFA # 42262
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Geographic Focus
USA: Colorado: Arkansas River Basin, Upper Colorado River and North Platte River Basins, San Juan and Dolores River Basins, Gunnison River/Lower Dolores River Basins, Rio Grande Basin, Lower Colorado River Basin, and South Platte Basin

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/04/23 5:00 PM MST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and for-profits for activities to enhance water quality in eligible areas. Funding is intended to support the implementation of projects that restore or protect water bodies impaired by pollution. Eligible locations for the projects are: Arkansas River Basin, Upper Colorado River and North Platte River Basins, San Juan and Dolores River Basins, Gunnison River/Lower Dolores River Basins, Rio Grande Basin, Lower Colorado River Basin, and South Platte Basin.

The Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Water Quality Control Division (CDPHE, WQCD) funds NPS projects to help meet its two overarching objectives to restore and protect waterbodies from NPS pollution.

1. Watershed-Based Plan:

  • Category 2: New WBP: Projects that develop a new WBP or update an existing WBP older than 15 years. WBP projects must provide a planning framework to address NPS water quality impairments, including NPS water quality impairments addressed through TMDLs, and must be focused on restoring waterbodies impaired by NPS pollution and/or protecting waterbodies affected or threatened by NPS pollution.
  • Category 3: Update to WBP: Projects that update a WBP less than 15 years old. WBP projects must provide a planning framework to address NPS water quality impairments, including NPS water quality impairments addressed through TMDLs, and must be focused on restoring waterbodies impaired by NPS pollution and/or protecting waterbodies affected or threatened by NPS pollution. 

Applicants that submit Category 2 or Category 3 WBP projects in the Arkansas River Basin (Regulation 32) and Rio Grande River Basin (Regulation 36) as identified in Attachment E, “Proposal Priorities,” receive priority points.

2. Watershed Implementation Projects:

  • Restoration Projects: Watershed projects that construct structural best management practices (BMPs) that are related to pollutants identified in EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plans to restore waterbodies impaired by nonpoint sources of selenium, pathogens, sediment and/or nutrients. If evidence is provided that links impairments to nonpoint source nutrient impacts, projects addressing those nutrient-related impairments are also eligible for funding (for example, a project that demonstrates a dissolved oxygen impairment caused by nutrients would be eligible for funding). A waiver of the EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plan requirement is in place for projects addressing post-wildfire NPS impacts. And/or
  • Protection Projects: Watershed projects that construct structural and/or implement non-structural BMPs that are related to pollutants identified in EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plans or equivalent water quality management plan that meets EPA nine elements of watershed planning to protect waterbodies from nonpoint sources of pollution. A waiver of the WBP requirement is in place for projects addressing post-wildfire NPS impacts.

Requests for funding that are within and designed to improve one of the watersheds or waterbodies listed in Attachment E, “Proposal Priorities,” receive priority points as outlined in Section V.A.d.i. of the RFA announcement.

Watershed Implementation Projects in Disproportionately Impacted Communities (DI Communities) receive priority points (see Section V.A.d. of the RFA for more information)

 Projects must include an activity(ies) targeted at nonpoint source Education and Outreach.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Nonprofits, for-profit businesses, governmental agencies, local public health agencies, Colorado state agencies, and Colorado state institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be able to enter into cost reimbursement contracts with the State for projects chosen during a competitive process that begins with this funding announcement.

Water Quality Improvement Fund Eligibility Factors:
- The applicant has NOT paid a Colorado Water Quality Control Act civil penalty within the past 5 years.
- The applicant has the ability to receive and spend State grant funds under TABOR spending limits.

For information on the applicant's business readiness requirements, see page 7 of the RFA.

Additional Geographic Information:

Water Quality Control Division GIS Maps: https://cdphe.colorado.gov/clean-water-gis-maps;

Pre-Application Information
Schedule of Activities Timeline
- RFA published on npscolorado.com: 10/23/2023
- Deadline for applicants to submit written inquiries: 5:00 pm MST 11/03/2023
- Answers to written inquiries published on npscolorado.com: 11/13/2023
- Application submission deadline: 5:00 pm MST 12/04/2023
- Evaluation period: 12/04/2023 – 02/02/2024
- Initial Notice of Funding Recommendation for 319 funded projects to the WQCC: 02/02/2024
- Estimated notice of final funding recommendation to the WQCC: 02/28/2024
- Water Quality Control Commission Administrative Action Hearing for funding Section 319 NPS projects Time TBD, 03/11/2024
- Estimated notification of funding decision for 319 funded projects: 03/12/2024
- Estimated contract effective date for 319 funded projects: Spring 2025
- Target date for spending WQIF: 06/30/2026
- Projects must be complete and deliverables submitted: November 2028

Applications must be received on or before the due date and time.

Non-federal matching funds equal to at least 25% of the total project cost are required.

The WQCD NPS Workgroup provides a 30-day public notice period for its initial funding recommendation to the WQCC.

- IMPORTANT: A financial risk rating will be assigned for all applicants. See Attachment D of the RFA.

Application materials and supporting documents: https://cdphe.colorado.gov/nonpoint-source-pollution-management
Nonpoint Source Program Documents and Requirements: https://cdphe.colorado.gov/nonpoint-source-program-documents
Watershed Planning Tools: https://cdphe.colorado.gov/nonpoint-source-watershed-based-planning

Number of Grants
The number of projects funded depends on the amount and availability of funds

Estimated Size of Grant
Watershed-Based Plan (WBP) Projects: Typical project budgets range from $50,000 to $150,000.

Watershed Implementation Projects: Typical project budgets range from $200,000 to $500,000.

Term of Contract
Each Section 319 NPS grant is open for a five-year period.

The earliest start date is Spring 2025.
The latest end date is November 2028.

Contact Information
The application must be submitted by mail to 4300 S Cherry Creek Dr. Glendale, CO 80246 or via email.

Email your application and all attachments to Kenan Diker, Kendra Kelly and Kate MacDonald, cdphe_wqcd_nonpointsource+managers@state.co.us.

Applications received via email will receive email confirming the delivery

Applicants may make written inquiries via email to obtain clarification of requirements concerning this RFA. No inquiries will be accepted after the date and time indicated in the Schedule of Activities. Send all inquiries to Kenan Diker.

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