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Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools to Reduce Pollution and Preserve Water Sources

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

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06/25/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Pennsylvania government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to improve water quality and restore watersheds. Certain applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to reduce pollution and preserve statewide water resources. The goal of the grant program is to protect and enhance the state's waters from nonpoint source pollution associated with AMD, energy resource extraction, agricultural activities, stormwater runoff, streambank, and shoreline degradation, along with verifying and demonstrating efficacy with enhanced data collection and distribution.


  • Reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollutant loads.
  • Reduce AMD-related iron, aluminum, and acidity pollutant loads.
  • Implement stream restoration, bank stabilization, and/or stormwater management projects.
  • Plant, maintain, and protect riparian forest buffers.


  • Priority will be given to BMP implementation applications that address nonpoint source pollution originating from agriculture, stormwater runoff, stream channel degradation, and AMD where the proposed project is identified in an existing Section 319 Watershed Implementation Plan.
  • Preference will be given to projects that effectively address the impairments of concern in a cost-effective way. A watershed listing of approved WIPs can be viewed at
  • Preference will be given for WIP implementation in Tier 1-4 within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. For tier counties and levels, see Page 8 of the Guidelines in Support Documents. 
  • Applications that implement statewide or regional projects addressing nonpoint source pollution to restore or protect water quality may be considered if funding remains after addressing projects implementing existing WIPs, developing new WIPs, and revising existing WIPs.

The Commonwealth has established criteria to promote sustainable development. Additional consideration will be given to projects that increase job opportunities and foster sustainable businesses. For additional information, see Page 4 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 192524

Term of Contract:

The grant’s timeframe would be approximately April 1, 2022 – June 30, 2026.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants or sponsors must meet one of the following criteria:
- Incorporated watershed association
- County or municipality
- County conservation district
- Council of governments; or
- Other authorized organizations, including:
- Tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations. If an applicant/sponsor is claiming an exemption from registering with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations, the applicant/sponsor must provide proof of such exemption with the application.
- Educational institution
- Municipal authority

EPA’s Section 319 grants cannot fund any projects or activities that are part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, such as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) or Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) and cannot provide funding for activities on any farms that are not covered by manure management or nutrient management plans. Proposed out-of-state projects will not be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period is from April 22 – June 25, 2021, with applications due through the Commonwealth’s eGrants system by 5 p.m. on June 25, 2021.

If your project is located on land owned or controlled by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (i.e., Bureau of Forestry, Bureau of State Parks, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission), you must contact the appropriate agency for landowner consent and submit a landowner letter of commitment with your application. See Page 10 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

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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Direct questions to:
Watershed Support Section
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Chesapeake Bay Office
Box 8555
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8555

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