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Nonpoint Source Water Quality Grants (Section 319)

Under Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act, the federal government awards funds to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to provide financial assistance for the prevention and abatement of nonpoint source water pollution. (See related article, What Is Nonpoint Source Pollution?) This funding is passed through to units of government, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations, for projects that facilitate implementation of the state Nonpoint Source Management Plan.

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NDEQ’s
Nonpoint Source Management Program provides Section 319 grants to local sponsors of eligible projects in the following five categories. Click on the categories below to learn the annual funding available, maximum amount awarded per grant, eligibility, matching requirements and other criteria.

Small Project Assistance Grants

Description
Provides a rapid funding mechanism for small projects and captures unique opportunities in imminent need of funding.
Grant Limit
$15,000
Non-Federal
Match
Requirement1
40% of total project cost
Sponsor Cash
Match
Requirement2
10% of total project cost (included as part of the non-federal match percentage)
Eligible
Activities
Conducting local demonstrations, activities, or events for initiating a pilot project in preparation for a larger watershed-based or statewide project.
Application
Period
Ongoing
Time Limit
1 Year
Eligible
Applicants
Subunits of government, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations
1 The formula for determining the value of Section 319 and match funds is defined as: Total Project Cost = Section 319 Funds + Required Match. The value of the match must equal the required percentage of the total project cost. Additional non-federal funds may exceed the minimum match, but are not calculated in the total cost formula. Other federal funds are not considered in the total cost formula.
2 The sponsor’s minimum cash contribution is included as part of the non-federal match requirement.

Watershed-Based Projects

Description
Supports large-scale projects to restore or protect water quality within a defined watershed or a defined groundwater recharge area. Projects are associated with the implementation of a 9-element watershed management plan or basin plan.
Grant Limit
$300,0001
Non-Federal
Match
Requirement2
40% of total project cost
Sponsor Cash
Match
Requirement3
10% (included as part of the non-federal match percentage)
Eligible
activities
Installation of best management practices, restoration of resource waters, technical assistance, and education.
Application
Period
Annual RFP
Time Limit
3 Years
Eligible Applicants
Subunits of government, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

1 A strict limit of section 319 funds for Watershed-Based Projects is not defined. Section 319 funding should be commensurate with the scope of the project. Projects exceeding the guidelines of $300,000 limit for Section 319 funds or three years of implementation may be funded in increments or as phased projects.
2 The formula for determining the value of Section 319 and match funds is defined as: Total Project Cost = Section 319 Funds + Required Match. The value of the match must equal the required percentage of the total project cost. Additional non-federal funds may exceed the minimum match, but are not calculated in the total cost formula. Other federal funds are not considered in the total cost formula
3 The sponsor’s minimum cash contribution is included as part of the non-federal match requirement

Forms and Guidance

ALL Section 319 Project Sponsors are CONTACTUALLY OBLIGATED to submit a Semi-Annual Report to NDEQ on each September 20th and March 20th for the duration of the project.

Semi-annual Reporting Form (Excel format)
Reimbursement Requests form (Excel format)
MBE/WBE Reporting Form (Word format)
Final Report Guidance
Project Implementation Plan (PIP) Guidance

Contact the Nebraska Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program at NDEQ.NonPointSource@nebraska.gov