Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD)
10/31/18 Postmarked or delivered
Grants to Georgia agencies, conservation and development councils, school systems, and state colleges and universities for projects that prevent, control, or reduce pollution and improve water quality in watershed and drainage areas. Applicants must first attend an informational webinar.
To be considered for funding, projects must meet all three of the following minimum requirements:
- Implement existing watershed-based plans that adequately address USEPA's Nine Elements for Watershed Planning;
- Focus within a 10-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC-10) or smaller watershed; AND
- Commit to a minimum 40% non-federal match.
Nine Elements for Watershed Planning:
1. Identify the contributing sources
2. Estimate of load reductions expected
3. Describe the NPS management measures
4. Estimate sources of funding needed
5. Information/education component to be used
6. Schedule for implementing management measures
7. Description of measurable milestones
8. Criteria to determine substantial BMP progress/success
9. Tracking component to evaluate plan implementation
For more details, see the Grant Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.
Eligible projects: Grant proposals must specify the nonpoint sources of pollution and identify the activities best suited to address these sources, which can include: TMDL implementation; watershed restoration; local regulatory or non-regulatory enforcement programs; urban stormwater controls not included in NPDES permits; technical and financial assistance; education and training; and water quality monitoring to evaluate success of best management practices.
If an existing watershed-based plan doesn’t exist, the applicant may create a new, separate document – a Summary of Nine Elements – that includes the name of the applicant’s project in the title. The Summary will consist of headings that correlate with the USEPA Nine Elements of Watershed Planning (see check list in Appendix A) and content that appropriately addresses each of the elements.
The content can be excerpted from Regional Water Plans or multiple planning documents, should focus on a HUC-10 watershed scale or smaller, and should support the applicant’s project proposal. The following options are recognized as the basis for an acceptable alternative to watershed-based plans and the foundation for a Summary of Nine Elements:
- Georgia’s eleven (11) Regional Water Plans – selecting excerpts that narrow the focus to a HUC-10 watershed, support the applicant’s project proposal, and meet the USEPA’s Nine Elements of Watershed Planning. Access Georgia’s State Water Plan web site at https://waterplanning.georgia.gov
- Multiple planning documents (TMDLs, TMDL Implementation Plans, watershed protection plans, stormwater management plans, source water protection plans, watershed studies, data reports and other water resource management documents) – combining excerpts that support the applicant’s project proposal and meet the USEPA’s Nine Elements of Watershed Planning. Access TMDLs and TMDL implementation Plans online at http://epd.georgia.gov/total-maximum-daily-loadings
Additional criteria applied during the selection process:
Proposals that meet the following criteria will be reviewed in a more competitive light: Include appropriate project evaluation components; demonstrate cost-effectiveness; support the Georgia Nonpoint Source Management Program (see 2014 Plan); alleviate NPS pollution in impaired waters or protect healthy watersheds (Georgia’s 2014 305(b)/303(d) List of Waters); engage multiple partnerships; leverage ongoing watershed management activities; address priority pollutants; target priority watersheds; correct adverse impacts of increased impervious surfaces; correlate BMPs to management strategies identified in appropriate Regional Water Plans.
GrantWatch ID#: 176603
Currently, the maximum Federal award to any individual project is $400,000, which requires a minimum local match of $266,667, resulting in a total project cost of $666,667.
The maximum duration of any individual grant is limited to three years to achieve the project goals and objectives. Projects will begin in Fall 2019.
Eligible applicants are limited to public entities in Georgia, such as:
- City and county governments, and State agencies;
- Local, regional, or State authorities operating jurisdictional services and/or delivery programs;
- Regional Commissions;
- Resource Conservation and Development Councils;
- Local and regional school systems, and State colleges and universities;
Eligible applicants that partner with local non-profit watershed groups established prior to the submittal of the application will receive additional consideration for a grant award.
Note: There will be no FY2019 competitive funds awarded to either revise existing or develop new watershed-based plans.
Ineligible activities are not entitled to 319(h) funding due to various Federal and State laws, rules, and policies, and cannot be supported by either federal or local matching funds.
Examples of ineligible project activities:
- Implementation of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements (including Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Phase I & II Stormwater Permits, Wastewater Permits, etc.) or of elements included in a permit (i. e., mandated Watershed Assessments and/or Protection Plans).
- Lake dredging or aquatic macrophyte harvesting – Note: Exceptions may be made if ALL contributing sediment sources have been corrected.
- Surface paving (impervious)
- Fulfillment of consent orders and/or decrees
- Construction of wastewater infrastructure
- Water quantity/supply projects (such as reservoirs, wells, infrastructure, etc.)
- Installation of incinerators – Note: Composting is the preferred practice for 319(h) funding as a means of dead livestock disposal.
All applicants are required to attend a webinar with GAEPD Grants Unit Staff to discuss the current application process. Project partners, consultants, or other affiliated parties are welcome to attend, but the lead organization must be in attendance on-line.
Two webinars are being held. You may attend either session; identical information will be presented.
- Pre-application Webinar 1: Thursday, September 6, 9:30am – 10:30am
Dial-in number (515) 604-9811 • Access code 654429
- Pre-application Webinar 2: Wednesday, October 3, 9:30am – 10:30am
Dial-in number (515) 604-9811 • Access code 654429
The application deadline is October 31, 2018.
Grants Unit Staff are available to review and comment on draft applications if the documents are received (email is acceptable) by September 31, 2018.
The grant’s cost-share policy requires a maximum of 60% Federal dollars and a minimum of 40% non-federal cash or in-kind Match toward the total project cost. There is no minimum Federal award amount that a project can receive. A match commitment of 50% or greater will receive priority consideration for funding.
Local match must be from non-federal sources and may be in cash or in-kind services/resources applied to a specific project. Match items must be eligible for federal dollars. Any items that do not qualify for federal funds may not be counted as match.
Section 319(h) Grant Timeline
- July: GAEPD issues the call for proposals
- September 6 or October 3, 2018: Preapplication Meeting Webinar (required)
- September 28, 2018: Last day to submit DRAFT proposals for GAEPD written review (optional)
- October 31, 2018: Post mark or delivery deadline for applications to GAEPD
- Winter 2018-2019: Grant award selection
- Spring 2019: GAEPD notifies applicants of grant award
- Summer 2019: GAEPD and grant recipient finalize project scope of work
- Fall 2019: GAEPD and grant recipient execute contract and project begins
Georgia’s 2014 Section 305(b)/303(d) List of Waters: http://epd.georgia.gov/georgia-305b303d-list-documents
USEPA's Watershed Planning Website: https://www.epa.gov/nps/watershed-planning
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Mail or hand-deliver applications on a CD to:
Section 319(h) FY2019 Grant Application
ATTN: Joyce McClain
Georgia Environmental Protection Division
Watershed Protection Branch
Nonpoint Source Program
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Suite 1462 East
Atlanta, GA 30334
To inquire about proposals or to schedule a conference call, contact:
Veronica Craw, Unit Manager