Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants

To assist States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands (hereinafter referred to as States), and qualified Indian Tribes and intertribal consortia in implementing EPA-approved Section 319 nonpoint source management programs.



Funding

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Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: EPA's funding priority is to award grants that implement a grant recipient's nonpoint source management program plan, particularly the development and implementation of watershed-based plans, focusing on watersheds with water quality impairments caused by nonpoint sources, which result in improved water quality in impaired waters.

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These watershed plans are a mechanism to coordinate monitoring and planning on a watershed basis and will build a foundation for effective implementation actions using federal and other funding.

Nonpoint source implementation projects include best management practice (BMP) installation for animal wastes, sediment, pesticide and fertilizer control, a variety of other structural and non-structural practices, watershed planning, monitoring, watershed coordinators, technology demonstration, and a variety of education/outreach programs, among others.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: EPA's funding priority is to award grants that implement a grant recipient's nonpoint source management program plan, particularly the development and implementation of watershed-based plans, focusing on watersheds with water quality impairments caused by nonpoint sources, which result in improved water quality in impaired waters.

These watershed plans are a mechanism to coordinate monitoring and planning on a watershed basis and will build a foundation for effective implementation actions using federal and other funding.

Nonpoint source implementation projects include best management practice (BMP) installation for animal wastes, sediment, pesticide and fertilizer control, a variety of other structural and non-structural practices, watershed planning, monitoring, watershed coordinators, technology demonstration, and a variety of education/outreach programs, among others.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Nonpoint Source implementation projects funded include BMP installation for animal wastes, sediment, pesticide and fertilizer control, urban runoff, and a variety of other structural and non-structural practices; watershed planning, monitoring, watershed coordinators, technology demonstration, and a variety of education/outreach programs, among others.

Fiscal Year 2017: Nonpoint Source implementation projects funded include BMP installation for animal wastes, sediment, pesticide and fertilizer control, urban runoff, and a variety of other structural and non-structural practices; watershed planning, monitoring, watershed coordinators, technology demonstration, and a variety of education/outreach programs, among others.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

A list of specific EPA Regional nonpoint source contacts is available at http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/upload/reg-nps-coord.pdf.

The list of specific EPA Tribal nonpoint source contacts is available at http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/tribal/.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Environmental Quality, Louisiana Department Of $ 1,913,500   2019-10-012024-09-30
Department Of Conservation & Natural Resources $ 1,338,000   2019-10-012024-09-30
Confederated Salish And Kootenai Tribes $ 100,000   2019-10-012024-09-30
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission $ 3,093,000   2019-10-012024-09-30
Nebraska Department Of Environment And Energy $ 2,366,000   2019-10-012024-09-30
Agriculture And Forestry, Louisiana Department Of $ 1,913,500   2019-10-012024-09-30
Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota $ 2,722,950   2019-10-012024-09-30
State Of Delaware, Dnrec $ 413,846   2019-10-012024-09-30
Natural Resources, Missouri Department Of $ 1,818,000   2019-10-012024-09-30
Environmental Quality, Arizona Dept Of $ 1,291,500   2019-10-012024-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Grants are awarded annually to all States and selected Tribes. Grant funds were used by States and Tribes to implement portions of their NPS management programs. In FY 16, 56 grant awards were made to states and territories. Additional information regarding selected projects is available in Section 319 Success Stories, available online at http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/Success319/. An estimate of load reductions resulting from CWA Section 319(h) funded projects reported from the time period February 2016 - February 2017 is as follows: nitrogen - 12.7 million pounds; phosphorus - 2.6 million pounds; and sediment - 903,000 tons. Fiscal Year 2017: Grants are awarded annually to all States and selected Tribes. Grant funds are used by States and Tribes to implement portions of their NPS management programs. Additional information regarding selected projects is available in Section 319 Success Stories, available at http://www.epa.gov/nps/Success/. Data for FY 17 funded projects are not available at this time. In addition, information on ongoing and completed 319 projects is available at: https://ofmpub.epa.gov/apex/grts/f?p=110:95:0::NO:::. Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are provided to eligible applicants to carry out nonpoint source projects and programs pursuant to Section 319 of the Clean Water Act as amended by the Water Quality Act of 1987.

Requirements under Section 319(h) include: nonfederal matching funds of at least 40 percent of project cost (match is an overall grant requirement - the match requirement for an individual project may be waived and in-kind services may be used as match); maintenance of effort; grants may be used for financial assistance to individual persons in the case of demonstration projects only; annual reporting; and EPA determinations of adequate recipient progress before additional funding.

Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information.

Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: http://geodata.epa.gov. Funds are provided to eligible applicants to carry out nonpoint source projects and programs pursuant to Section 319 of the Clean Water Act as amended by the Water Quality Act of 1987.

Requirements under Section 319(h) include: nonfederal matching funds of at least 40 percent of project cost (match is an overall grant requirement - the match requirement for an individual project may be waived and in-kind services may be used as match); maintenance of effort; grants may be used for financial assistance to individual persons in the case of demonstration projects only; annual reporting; and EPA determinations of adequate recipient progress before additional funding.

Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information.

Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: https://www.epa.gov/geospatial.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible entities include States and qualified Indian Tribes and intertribal consortia who have approved nonpoint source assessment reports and management plans.

To be qualified, Tribes must have treatment in a manner similar to a state (TAS) status for the 319 Program.

Grants to States are awarded by formula.

The State allotment is awarded to the agency in each State designated by the chief executive as the lead nonpoint source agency.

The lead nonpoint source agency may distribute grant funds to other organizations in accordance with its work program, which is approved by EPA.

Eligible Tribes are allocated a base allotment by formula; the remaining Tribal portion of the 319(h) appropriation is competed among qualified Indian Tribes and intertribal consortia.

For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments; interstate and intrastate agencies; federally recognized Indian tribal governments; intertribal consortia; the following US territory or possessions: the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands; public and private nonprofit organizations and institutions. The lead nonpoint source agency may distribute grant funds to other organizations in accordance with a work program which is approved by EPA.

Credentials/Documentation

The provisions of 2 CFR 200 Subpart E apply. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination with the appropriate EPA Regional Office, listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, is recommended.

The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, must be used for this program.

Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement.

For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts' or see Appendix IV of the Catalog.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Grant applications by States must be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Office (refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of Regional Offices). Grant applications by subgrantees within a State (after EPA has made a grant award to the State) must be submitted to the State agency that administers Section 319 grants. The list of State nonpoint source contacts for subgrantees is available at https://wwww.epa.gov/nps/state-contacts-nps-programs . Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Grant applications must be submitted by the State to the appropriate EPA Regional Office to determine the overall adequacy of the application to meet the statutory objectives. Funds are awarded to States by formula. Award procedure by States to subgrantees varies by State. The list of State nonpoint source contacts is available at https://www.epa.gov/nps/state-contacts-nps-programs . Eligible Tribes receive funding for a base grant work plan; Tribes may also compete for the rest of the tribal portion of the total 319(h) appropriation. For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Clean Water Act, Title 3, Section 319(h).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

EPA generally awards grants to States within 60 days after the application is submitted.

Appeals

Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts.' Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title Clean Water Act. Matching Requirements: Nonfederal match of at least 40 percent of project or program costs is required except for grants to Indian Tribes, where following demonstration of financial hardship, the nonfederal match may be reduced to as low as 10 percent of project or program costs.. If the tribe includes the section 319 grant as a part of an approved Performance Partnership Grant (PPG), the nonfederal match requirement may be reduced to 5 percent of the total cost of the work plan budget for the first 2 years in which the tribe receives a PPG; after 2 years, the cost share/match may be increased up to 10 percent of the work plan budget (as determined by the Regional Administrator). States must also meet maintenance of effort requirements contained in statute. EPA awards grants to all eligible States and Tribes which apply for funding based on an allocation formula that the Agency developed. The allocation formula is described in the revised grant guidelines issued on April 12, 2013 and found at https://www.epa.gov/nps/319-grant-current-guidance Note, tribal base grant guidelines and annual Request for Proposals (RFP) are found at https://www.epa.gov/nps/tribal-319-grant-program . This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As determined in accordance with Section 319 (h). See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements.

Agreements may require interim and final progress reports, and expenditure/financial, equipment, and invention reports.

Progress reports are generally required at least semi-annually.

Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable.

Program reports are required under this program.

Cash reports are required under this program.

Progress reports are required under this program.

Expenditure reports are required under this program.

Performance monitoring is required under this program.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.

Records

Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be kept for three years from date of submission of the annual federal financial report. If questions remain, records must be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0103-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $166,177,000; FY 17 est $169,248; and FY 18 est $0 - FY 16 $166,177,000; FY 17 $169,248; and FY 18 est. $0.00.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

States/Territories: $443,000 to $8,603,800; $2,867,600. Indian Tribes: base grants $30,000 to $50,000; competitive grants up to $100,000. Ranges vary year-to-year based on size of appropriation (and also varies depending on number of applicants for grants to Indian Tribes or intertribal consortia).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Operational grant guidelines for FY 2013 Nonpoint Source Program and Grants Guidelines for States and Territories (Oct. 23, 2003). The guidelines can be found at https://www.epa.gov/polluted-runoff-nonpoint-source-pollution/319-grant-historic-guidance. The revised guidelines published on April 12, 2013 apply for FY 2014 and beyond and can be found at https://www.epa.gov/polluted-runoff-nonpoint-source-pollution/319-grant-current-guidance. Tribal grant information is posted at http://www.epa.gov/nps/tribal.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. A list of specific EPA Regional nonpoint source contacts is available at http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/upload/reg-nps-coord.pdf. The list of specific EPA Tribal nonpoint source contacts is available at http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/tribal/.

Headquarters Office

cynthia curtis Cynthia Curtis, Nonpoint Source Management Branch, Watersheds Restoration, Assessment and Protection Division, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Mail Code 4503T, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 566-0340; E-mail: curtis.cynthia@epa.gov , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: curtis.cynthia@epa.gov Phone: 202-566-0340

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement. Funds are awarded to States in accordance with Section 319 (h). For selection processes within individual States, contact the appropriate State nonpoint source coordinators. A list of these coordinators is available at http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/upload/state_nps_coord.pdf.



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