Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Source Water Protection Grants Program

Grants to Nebraska Political Subdivisions
to Protect Drinking Water Sources

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ)

Deadline Date:

06/16/17 4:00 PM

Description:

Request a Grant Writer

Grants to Nebraska political subdivisions representing small communities for the protection of public drinking water quality and quantity. Activities may also address public drinking water education. Eligible types of requests include projects involving source water protection strategies, and those that will implement protection activities in existing source water protection areas, designated future source water protection areas, and in the associated communities.

Community involvement and education, in how to protect and improve its drinking water source, is also a central theme in these grants. Purely educational projects, without tangible action, will be discouraged.

Projects will be expected to provide long-term benefits to drinking water quality, and/or quantity, education. Types of projects that may be eligible for funding include only those that are directly associated with source water protection measures such as:

-Public education
-Water recycling and other conservation programs
-Support for pollution prevention
-Restoration and/or conservation of the source water protection area
-Development of a Wellhead, Watershed Protection Plan, or Drinking Water Protection Plan
-Water quality monitoring at critical points in protection areas
-Evaluations of agricultural practices and education on best management practices
-Installation of signs at boundaries of zones or protection areas
-Structures to divert contaminated runoff from the source
-Closure of abandoned wells

Rather than providing the grant to complete one task such as well abandonment, it is preferred that grants be provided to help establish and develop comprehensive local source water protection programs. Source water protection programs are ongoing, locally designed voluntary efforts to protect drinking water sources used by community water systems. Grants can be used to develop a Wellhead or Watershed Protection Plan but only in conjunction with a source water protection program.

Funding Priority: The prioritization criteria are designed to target those projects and activities that are more diverse, far-reaching and address a particular drinking water need in the State.

Items of consideration when selecting projects include:

-Does the project have a clear source water protection focus?
-Is commitment demonstrated by the water supplier and/or local government(s) to develop, implement, support and sustain a local Source Water Protection program after funding is received?
-Do the proposed tasks address all categories of Source Water Protection: Quality, Quantity and Education?

Eligible activities are projects that provide long-term benefits to drinking water quality, quantity, and/or education. Eligible projects include:

-Contaminant source identification – research / investigation.
-Contaminant pathway removal – includes the closure of abandoned or unused wells.
-Contaminant removal – pollution prevention and waste reduction
-Contaminant source management – implementation of best management practices (BMPs), ordinance development, and implementation of a Source Water or Wellhead Protection Plan.
-Education and information sharing – workshops, brochures, meetings, and media campaigns.
-Development of a Drinking Water Protection Management Plan which is an alternative to 9-element watershed management plans. These plans will focus on wellhead protection areas. Plans must address implementable groundwater best management practices. (For additional information please refer to the Fact Sheet attached)

General Program Information:

Source Water Protection Grants are available for proactive projects geared toward protecting Nebraska’s drinking water supplies by addressing drinking water quality, quantity and/or education. Eligible applicants are political subdivisions in Nebraska that operate a public water system, having a population of 10,000 or less with groundwater sources, and demonstrate serious financial hardships.

Rather than providing the grant to complete one task, it is preferred that grants be provided to help establish and develop comprehensive local source water protection programs, enhance cooperation and education among citizens, local government, businesses, and agricultural producers. Grants can be used for the development of a Wellhead Protection Plan, but only in conjunction with the implementation of pollution prevention tasks.

New Eligible Activity:

Funding is available to develop Drinking Water Protection Management Plans which are an alternative to 9-element watershed management plans. These plans will be specific to Wellhead Protection Areas. Plans must develop implementable groundwater best management practices.

The purpose of this plan is to provide an analytic framework for managing efforts to restore and protect a community’s drinking water. With the development and approval of this plan, communities may be eligible to apply for Clean Water Act section 319 Nonpoint Source Program grants to assist in the implementations of these management practices.

Project areas include:

-Wellhead protection areas - groundwater systems,
-Officially designated future wellhead protection areas, and
-Populations served under these systems.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181635

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$100,000

Term of Contract:

The project period may not exceed two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are political subdivisions, in Nebraska, that operate a public water system having a population of 10,000 or less with groundwater sources.

Applicants will need to demonstrate serious financial hardships.

Hardship eligibility criteria:

-MHI (Median Household Income) of the political subdivision population must be less or equal to 120% of the statewide MHI reported in the 2008-2012 ACS five-year estimate of $51,381.
-Applicants that don’t meet the hardship eligibility may submit a financial hardship report to the Department for additional consideration justifying the grant request.

To obtain your MHI refer to your community data sheet on the AWIN page:
http://deq.ne.gov/NDEQProg.nsf/OnWeb/AWIN

Ineligible Activities:

-Activities related to the operations and maintenance of drinking water systems including: treatment, transmission, distribution, consolidation or storage.
-Land purchases.
-Projects that only develop a traditional Source Water or Wellhead Protection Plan and do nothing toward implementation of the plan; these plans should not be confused with a Drinking Water Protection Management Plan.
-Projects requesting only personnel expenses.
-Projects geared towards the security aspect of Source Water, such as security fencing and cameras.

Pre-Application Information:

There is a 10% match requirement. At least a 10% non-federal match to the total project cost is required. For example, a project totaling $20,000 will receive $18,000 in grant funds and would have a requirement of $2,000 in match. The match can be in-kind and/or cash.

Timetable:

-May 12, 2017: All questions regarding this invitation must be received in writing.

-May 19, 2017: All written questions regarding this invitation and their answers will be posted on the NDEQ website or mailed to potential applicants that specifically request such.

-June 16, 2017: Proposals, including a DUNS number, must be received at the NDEQ Lincoln office by 4:00 PM of this due date.

-June 2017: Proposals are reviewed by a committee.

-July 2017: Projects are selected and sponsors notified. Funding is made available to begin projects pending approval of a final Project Implementation Plan and finalization of a funding agreement.

Source Water Protection Grants Questions and Answers
http://deq.ne.gov/Publica.nsf/pages/11-003

Invitation for 2017 Source Water Protection Proposals:
http://deq.ne.gov/NDEQProg.nsf/RFPPage.xsp?databaseName=CN=DEQSER6/O=NDEQ!!RFP.nsf&documentId=EA36A75175DC485C8625810E005F4593&action=openDocument

Contact Information:

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

Source Water Coordinator
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
1200 N Street, Suite 400, The Atrium
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-8922

Phone 402-471-2186
Toll Free: 877-253-2603
ndeq.moreinfo@nebraska.gov

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Nebraska

Suggested Grants:

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to Researchers Affiliated with USA Qualified Institutions for Clinical Research in th...

Deadline 08/28/20 LOI Date: 07/10/20

Grants of up to $50,000 to researchers affiliated with USA qualified institutions for research in the field of pediatric oncology. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to increase the institution's capacity to conduct

GrantWatch ID#: 125838

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Independent Filmmakers for Feature-Length Films in ...

Deadline 06/15/20

Grants to USA, Canada, and International independent filmmakers for feature-length films in eligible genres. Funding is intended to support nonfiction films at any production phase from development through post-production. Films should demonstrate effective storytelling

GrantWatch ID#: 127055

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 10/01/20

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and Individuals for Conservation in Agricul...

Deadline 06/29/20

Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, non-federal agencies, tribes, and individuals to promote the adoption and development of innovative approaches to conservation in agriculture. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several week

GrantWatch ID#: 129980

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Economic Development and Job Training

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming nonprofits for education, job training, and community and economic dev

GrantWatch ID#: 130602

Grants to USA and Canada Low-Income Individuals and Families for Financial Assistance

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada individuals and families with low-income for financial assistance. Types of assistance include financial support to offset emergency expenses or to cover the cost of regular monthly bills. Funding is intended for workers and households that are

GrantWatch ID#: 131400

Matching Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in the Midwest for Improvements to Baseball a...

Deadline 06/15/20

Matching grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofits and government units operating youth baseball or softball programs in eligible midwest states for major field renovations. Applicants in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota may apply.

GrantWatch ID#: 132521

Grant to a USA, Canada, or International Psychology Graduate Student to Research the Effects...

Deadline 06/15/20

Grant of $9,000 to a USA, Canada, or International graduate psychology student for research and demonstration projects that foster understanding of the relationship between self-identity and scholastic achievement, primarily for children in kindergarten through eighth g

GrantWatch ID#: 132694