319 Grant Program

Applications for FY2017 319 funding are now closed. Interviews will be conducted June 28, 2017 in Raleigh, NC.

319 Program Overview

Through the Section 319 Grant program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides states with funding to reduce nonpoint source pollution. North Carolina typically receives around $1 million for competetive funding of watershed restoration projects. Funds may be used to conduct watershed restoration projects such as stormwater and agricultural best management practices and restoration of impaired streams. 319 grant projects must be used to help restore waterbodies currently impaired by nonpoint source pollution (map, list) in areas with approved watershed restoration plans (map and list in sidebar are updated as plans are approved; check back if you've recently submitted a plan.)

State and local governments, interstate and intrastate agencies, public and private nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions are all eligible to apply for 319 funding. An interagency workgroup reviews the proposals and selects those of merit to be funded.  

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Watershed Planning Guidance

Please refer to the Fines Creek Watershed Action Plan as an example of qualities the 319 program looks for in 9-Element plans which make watersheds eligible for 319 funding:

  • Covers each of EPA's nine elements in appropriate detail
  • Includes maps of both political and watershed boundaries
  • Is well-organized by subsections: watershed overview, pollution causes and sources, management measures and evaluation criteria
  • Includes a few specific "shovel-ready" implementation projects
  • Uses tables to clearly present the following information:
    • Specific causes and sources of pollution and the management measures designed to address them
    • Measurable indicators of the impact of management measures on pollution sources
    • Costs and technical assistance needed to implement management measures

319 Project Contractor Reporting Requirements

All selected 319 grant projects are required to submit quarterly reports along with invoices in order to receive reimbursement. In addition, project contractors should note that they must submit the final invoice for the project within 45 days of contract expiration in order to be reimbursed. At the expiration of the 319 Grant Project, project contractors must submit a final report, to include all project data, findings, maps, monitoring and photographs. Please see links below for further information on these required reporting products:

Quarterly Report Template
Invoice Template
Final Report Guidelines