319 Grant Program

Announcing the FY2018 319 Grant Request for Proposals

Information for Applicants:
FY18 319 Grant Request for Proposals
FY18 319 Grant Application (Updated; please be sure to download rather than using last year's application!)
FY18 319 Grant Review Criteria (Updated; please reference new scoring criteria)

Applications for FY2018 319 funding will be due on Friday, May 4, 2018. Interviews with selected applicants will be conducted on June 28, 2018 in Raleigh.

If you have questions not answered in the above RFP, please contact 319 Grant Program Administrator Heather Jennings at heather.b.jennings@ncdenr.gov / (919) 807-6437 or Assistant 319 Grant Administrator Maya Cough-Schulze at maya.cough-schulze@ncdenr.gov / (919) 807-6442.

Projects proposing monitoring should also reference DWR's QAPP Template.

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 (map and list in sidebar will be updated soon to include plans approved in 2017.)

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

Those seeking to write a 9-Element Plan for the first time can refer to the following presentation, Introduction to the 9 Elements of a Watershed Restoration Plan.

The following plans can also be looked to for qualities the 319 program seeks in 9-Element plans that make watersheds eligible for 319 funding:

Fines Creek Watershed Action Plan 

  • 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