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Polluted Runoff: Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution

Nonpoint Source Tribal Current Grant Information

 A portion of the tribal funds is dedicated to funding work plans that have been approved under the base NPS program. Such funds are commonly referred to as base funds. The remaining dollars are competed nationally to fund NPS on-the-ground projects. That money is commonly referred to as competitive funds.  See below for current information on application deadlines, eligible tribes and additional guidance.

See below for a list of Tribes and Intertribal Consortia eligible to apply for FY2019 Clean Water Act Section 319 grant funds.

Base Grants

EPA anticipates awarding section 319 base grants to eligible tribes in the amount of $30,000 or $50,000 of federal section 319 funding (depending on land area) on a noncompetitive basis. For tribes with 640,000 acres or more, the base allocation is $50,000; for tribes with 640,000 acres or less, the base allocation is $30,000. Section 319 base funds may be used for a range of activities that implement the tribe's approved NPS management program, including: hiring a program coordinator; conducting NPS education programs; providing training and authorized travel to attend training; updating the NPS management program; developing watershed-based plans; and implementing watershed-based plans and on-the-ground watershed projects.

Proposed work plan deadlines vary by Region, see chart below to determine appropriate deadline:

FY 2019 Base Proposed Work Plan Deadlines
  Deadline   Deadline 

Region 1

February 28, 2019

Region 7 Contact Region for details

Region 2

Contact Region for details

Region 8 March 7, 2019

Region 4

March 29, 2019

Region 9  February 22, 2019

Region 5

March 31, 2019

Region 10 January 31, 2019

Region 6

February 28, 2019


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Important updates regarding the FY2019 Tribal 319 Competitive RFA (posted January 29, 2019):

  1. As a result of the government shutdown, the FY2019 Tribal 319 Competitive Request for Applications due date has been extended to February 13, 2019. Applications are now due by 11:59pm EST on February 13, 2019. EPA has also extended the deadline for questions about the RFA. Applicants can submit questions about the RFA to by February 6, 2019.
  2. There has also been an important change to the list of required forms that must be included in an applicant’s package. Per EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment, the two lobbying forms listed below are no longer required to be submitted in an application package. If an applicant included these two forms in their package submitted by the original 1/24 deadline, they do not need to remove them and resubmit their package. In these cases, EPA will disregard these forms, as they are not required. Likewise, new applicants do not need to include these two forms in application packages submitted by the new 2/13/19 deadline. The following forms are no longer required as part of an applicant's FY2019 Tribal 319 competitive grant application package: (1) EPA Lobbying Form 6600-06 – Certification Regarding Lobbying, and (2) Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL).

EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible tribes and intertribal consortia to develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and other on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving NPS impairments on a watershed-wide basis. Click here for a list of tribes and intertribal consortia eligible to apply for Section 319 grants in FY 2019. Proposals are due February 13, 2019. EPA estimates $2.5 million in federal funds will be awarded under this solicitation, depending on Agency funding levels. Please note that applicants must submit applications via Click here for a link to the Grant Opportunity Page for this announcement.

Please see below for the Request for Applications (RFA) document link and a table of important dates. Questions about this RFA can be submitted via e-mail to Questions must be submitted by February 6, 2019. Submitted questions and EPA's responses will be added to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document below.

EPA hosted two information session and Q&A webinars on the FY 2019 RFA on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 4 - 5:30 PM EST and Monday, December 17, 2018 3 - 4:30 PM EST. See above for slides from these webinars.

FY 2019 Competitive 319 Grant Deadlines

FY 2019 Competitive 319 Grant Deadlines
Deadline EPA uses to determine eligibility to receive competitive 319 grants  October 12, 2018
Last day to submit questions about RFA February 6, 2019
Deadline for receipt of proposals via  February 13, 2019
Headquarters notifies Regions/Tribes of selections for competitive 319 grants June 2019
Tribes submit final grant application to Region for competitive 319 grants TBD

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Additional Grant information

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