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319 Grant Program - Watershed Restoration Grants

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Institutions to Reduce Water Pollution in State Waterways

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N.C. Division of Water Resources

Deadline Date:

05/03/19 Midnight - Receipt


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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, agencies, and institutions to restore the quality of polluted watersheds throughout the State. Funding is intended to support restoration projects on State waters and streams that were impaired by nonpoint source pollution.

The 319 Grant Program grants funds to implement watershed restoration plans that will help restore waters impaired* by nonpoint sources of pollution. Funds may be used to conduct watershed restoration projects such as stormwater and agricultural best management practices and restoration of impaired streams. Section 319 grant projects must be used to help restore waterbodies in areas with approved watershed restoration plans.

*Impaired waters are those for which existing state or other approved monitoring entities’ data shows exceedance of a water quality standard for a given pollutant.

Both the U.S. EPA and North Carolina Division of Water Resources place a strong emphasis on achieving “measurable results” for projects selected to receive 319 Grant funding. To that end, projects should be sited as close to the impaired reach as possible to best target identified sources of water quality degradation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185408

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Term of Contract:

January 2020: Projects may start. (Estimated, depending on grant award date to NCDEQ and time for contract preparation.)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- State and local governments (including Councils of Government)
- Interstate and intrastate agencies
- Public and private nonprofit organizations
- academic institutions

The 319 Grant will not fund a stream, wetland, or buffer restoration that is a compensatory mitigation requirement or any activities relating to compensatory mitigation.

Pre-Application Information:

Annual 319(h) Grant Schedule:

- January 31, 2019: Request for proposals (RFP) is released
- March 15, 2019: Deadline for draft proposals or 9-Element Plans seeking preliminary staff review
- May 3, 2019: Deadline for final proposals; must be received electronically by midnight
- May 31, 2019: Applicants notified whether they will be invited for interviews
- June 28, 2019: Interviews for finalists
- July 1, 2019: DWR announces selected projects. Move forward with contracting, dependent upon receipt of EPA grant funding to North Carolina.
- January 2020: Contracts executed, projects may start. (Estimated, depending on grant award date to NCDEQ and time for contract preparation.)

DWR will accept applications for FY2019 319 funding until May 3, 2019. Applicants may also submit a draft application no later than March 15, 2019 to obtain preliminary review and comments from DWR staff.

If you wish to implement a watershed restoration plan that is not on the list of approved watershed restoration plans (see below at the end of this section), you are required to submit your watershed restoration plan and North Carolina 9-Element Plan Checklist to Rishi Bastakoti by March 15, 2019. Division staff will then review the plan and determine whether it meets the required nine elements. (For a description of the 9 Elements, see Supporting Documents below.)

Applicants are also encouraged to identify other similar work going on within the state, and to partner with other state or local agencies on projects to reduce NPS pollution. Partnerships demonstrate a commitment from the community that projects will be maintained and have community buy in.

All projects must include non-federal matching funds of at least 40% of the project’s total costs (i.e. of the total cost, 60% is Federal funds and 40% is match funds). Note that providing more than the minimum 40% match is encouraged and is adds weight in the review process.

For a list of approved watershed restoration plans:

For additional information about the program:

Contact Information:

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

Email the application to:

Rishi Bastakoti, 319 Grant Administrator
(919) 707-3623

For further information, contact Rishi Bastakoti or:

Rich Gannon, Nonpoint Source Planning Branch Chief
(919) 707-3673

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina