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Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program 319(h) Grant

Grants to Nevada Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational Institutions
to Reduce Water Pollution and Enhance Watershed Quality

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) - Bureau of Water Quality Planning

LOI Date:

07/26/19

Deadline Date:

08/23/19 5:00 PM PST

Description:

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Grants to Nevada nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for programs and projects that reduce nonpoint sources of pollution throughout the state. Proposals must demonstrate a clear contribution to the restoration, enhancement, and preservation of the ecological integrity of Nevada's watersheds.

Selected proposals will be awarded federal funds available under Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Selected proposals will be administered by the Nevada Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program (NPS Program).

Nonpoint source pollution is the primary cause of water quality impairments throughout Nevada and the nation. In recent years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has increased the NPS Program’s focus on 303(d)-listed waters, emphasizing the development and implementation of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and Watershed-Based Management Plans to help solve water quality problems at the watershed level.

Funding Description:

The following guidelines are based on USEPA guidance documents and Nevada NPS Program priorities. Applicants are encouraged to show a strong sense of collaboration and partnership with other state and local agency agendas for water quality improvement. Most importantly, all proposed projects should have measurable environmental results or outcomes.

Two types of 319(h) funds are available: Program Funds and Project Funds.

a. Program Funds. Program funds are the traditional 319(h) program funds that can be used for a variety of NPS-related projects.

b. Project Funds. Project funds are applied toward TMDL or Watershed-Based Plan implementation projects. To qualify for Project funding, project proposals must implement TMDLs or Watershed-Based Plans that satisfy USEPA’s requirements.

Requirements for Priority Watersheds are as follows:

i. Lake Tahoe Basin Projects — must implement components of the Lake Tahoe TMDL Implementation Plan.

ii. Las Vegas Wash Projects — must implement components of the Las Vegas Wash Comprehensive Adaptive Management Plan.

iii. Carson River Basin Projects — must implement components of the Carson River Adaptive Stewardship Plan.

The following activities qualify for 319(h) funding under this particular GFO:
a. Direct implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) or demonstration of new and innovative BMP technologies;
b. Training and/or technical assistance to landowners regarding BMP installation and/or maintenance;
c. Monitoring to measure project/BMP effectiveness;
d. Education to raise the level of public awareness about NPS pollution and its effect on water quality;
e. Stormwater pollution prevention activities (including Low Impact Development) that are not specifically required by a draft or final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Phase I or Phase II Stormwater permit; and
f. Special projects that meet one or more of the state priorities identified below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174736

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following agencies and organizations are eligible to apply for and receive 319(h) funds:
a. Federal, State, local, and tribal governments;
b. Interstate and intrastate public agencies;
c. Public and private nonprofit organizations; and
d. Educational institutions.

The following do not qualify for 319(h) funding under this particular GFO:
a. General planning, assessment, or research activities;
b. Activities related to specific requirements of a draft or final NPDES, Phase I or Phase II Stormwater permit; and
c. Ambient monitoring or monitoring to determine if a waterbody is impaired.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Opening Date and Time: Monday, July 8, 2019 - 8:00 AM
- Optional Pre-Application deadline: up and until Close of Business Friday, July 26, 2019.
- Deadline for Submission: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 5:00 PM
- The Proposal Review Committee will review proposals during the period from August 26 through October 1, 2019.
- The Proposal Review Committee will notify grant award recipients and create contract documents after October 1, 2019.

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection-Water Quality Planning is seeking 319(h) Proposal Pre-Applications to determine eligibility for the use of grant funding from the Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program. Pre-Applications are not required. The purpose of submitting a Pre-Application is to provide staff an opportunity to determine if the proposed project is eligible to be funded by the program. Please email, mail, or hand-deliver the Pre-Application to Birgit Widegren.

Electronic submittal of the application is required unless a determination of hardship is made by Water Quality Planning Staff.

Program Funds: Approximately $250,000 in Program funds are available as part of this GFO.
Project Funds: Approximately $750,000 in Project funds are available as part of this GFO.

Reimbursable Funds. 319(h) funds are available only on a reimbursable basis. Therefore, applicants must have the ability to pay for project expenses upfront and then request reimbursement from NDEP by submitting invoices with proof of payment of expenses on a quarterly basis.

Non-Federal Match Requirement. The project budget must include non-federal match (cash and/or in-kind) funds of at least 50% of the total project cost. Letters of commitment from agencies or other partners providing in-kind or cash match funds must be submitted with the proposal.

Project proponents will be given an opportunity to present their proposal to the Review Committee at NDEP’s office in Carson City, Nevada, either in person or via conference call due to budget and travel limitations. Eligible applicants will be contacted regarding times and dates for presentations. A presentation is not required for a proposal to be fully considered; however, it is recommended that proponents consider giving a presentation, as it gives the Proposal Review Committee an opportunity to ask questions.

Contact Information:

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

Submit proposals to, and if you have any questions concerning the proposal application, or if you would like to discuss project ideas and/or project eligibility, contact:

Birgit Widegren
Branch Supervisor, Nonpoint Source Program
775-687-9550
bwidegren@ndep.nv.gov

Note: For all proposals located in the Lake Tahoe watershed, direct electronic submittals to:
Mr. Jason Kuchnicki, Lake Tahoe Watershed Branch Supervisor
kuchnicki@ndep.nv.gov

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
Water Quality Planning
Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program
Attn: Birgit Widegren
901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 4001
Carson City, NV 89701

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USA: Nevada