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Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Grant

Grants to Indiana Soil and Water Conservation
Districts to Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution

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Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA)

Deadline Date:

09/15/17 4:00 PM EDT


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Grants to Indiana soil and water conservation districts to reduce nonpoint sources of water pollution. Funding is available for the implementation of projects that reduce nutrient and sediment pollution in conservation districts throughout the state. Applications are invited for multi-year projects which address the state priorities in the State Soil Conservation Board’s Business Plan adopted in 2016.

The Clean Water Indiana Program was established to provide financial assistance to landowners and conservation groups. The financial assistance supports the implementation of conservation practices which will reduce nonpoint sources of water pollution through education, technical assistance, training, and cost sharing programs. The State Soil Conservation Board (SSCB) is accepting competitive proposals for targeted projects up to three years in length.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180897

Term of Contract:

All 2018 Clean Water Indiana Grant projects shall take no longer than three full years to complete. Projects will start on January 1, 2018 and must be finished and all funds spent by December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Applications can be submitted by any SWCD in the State of Indiana. However, only one application is permitted per project and must be submitted by the lead SWCD. SWCDs may be lead on only one application in the 2018 grant cycle. All districts must be current on SharePoint reporting for previous grants, including both financial and conservation practice tracking.

Please note: Clean Water Indiana funding to expand or extend CWI projects/initiatives is available to current grantees, provided the funding is at least 66% spent (meaning checks written and/or projects completed and checked but waiting on producer receipts) and reporting is up to date. Extension applications may include minor changes, but must stay within the scope of the original approved grant. All changes requested must be explained on the application. Lead Districts on an active CWI project may apply as the lead district in a new project; however, new lead districts are encouraged.

Ineligible Projects: The 2018 CWI grant program cannot be used to fund research equipment. Conservation practices and lab analysis of soil and water that are components of research projects are eligible. Projects relating to urban practices that will reduce sediment and nutrient are eligible; however, no funding will be awarded for cost-share on rain barrels. Cost-sharing is also not allowed on specific practices that an entity is required to install to comply with a state or local rule or ordinance. Example: CWI funds cannot be used to meet MS4 requirements unless the proposed use of funds goes above and beyond the requirement outlined in the MS4 permit’s Storm Water Quality Management Plan.

Pre-Application Information:

The application must be submitted by September 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM EDT.

A 50 percent cash and/or in-kind match is required. Match contributions can be federal, state, and/or local sources including such things as landowner costs, staff time, supervisor time, equipment use, purchase, rental, etc. Proposals that request funds for staffing require a 25% match for the staffing component.

Contact Information:

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

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Leah Harmon, Clean Water Indiana Program Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana