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319 Grant Program

Annual 319(h) Grant Schedule

  • Late January: Request for Proposals released
  • Early May: 319 Grant Application deadline
  • Early June: Applicants notified whether they will be invited for in-person interviews
  • Late June: Notified applicants interviewed in Raleigh; selected projects announced
  • January of following year: Projects may start (estimated, depending on grant award date to NCDEQ and time for contract preparation)

2018 319 Grant Application Materials
(Updated annually; please check back in January 2019 for next application cycle.)

2018 319 Grant RFP
2018 319 Grant Application
2018 319 Grant Review Criteria

319 Grant 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 in areas with approved watershed restoration plans (see map and list in sidebar and excuse delays in updating.)

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.  

Subscribe to the NC 319 Listserv to recieved all RFP release information, application details, and program announcements.

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 (updated)
Invoice Template
Extension Request Form (new)
Final Report Guidelines 

Watershed Planning Guidance

If you are writing a 9-Element Plan for the first time, please refer to the following presentation, Introduction to the 9 Elements of a Watershed Restoration Plan. The 319 grant program recommends developing plans at the scale of a 12-digit HUC or smaller watershed. Previously approved 9-Element plans that cover a larger watershed remain eligible for 319 grant funding, but must evidence knowledge of local watershed issues where proposed project is located when applying.

Qualities of good 9-Element plans include:

  • Being succinct but comprehensive
  • Using maps to clearly show political and watershed boundaries
  • Organizing the plan in subsections like watershed overview, pollution causes and sources, management measures and evaluation criteria
  • Including a few specific projects that are "shovel-ready" 
  • Using tables to organize the following information:
    • Pollution causes and sources, and the management measures designed to address them
    • Indicators of how you will measure the impact of management measures on pollution sources
    • Costs and technical assistance needed to implement management measures

Two plans that particularly exemplify these qualities:
Fines Creek Watershed Action Plan 
East Fork -- South Fork New River Watershed Plan (written using a 205(j) grant)

Please contact Assistant (Acting) 319 Grant Administrator Maya Cough-Schulze at maya.cough-schulze@ncdenr.gov / (919) 807-6442 with any questions.