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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 any additional guidance.

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 2018 Base Proposed Work Plan Deadlines
  Deadline   Deadline 

Region 1

February 28, 2018

Region 7 Contact Region for details

Region 2

Contact Region for details

Region 8 February 15, 2018

Region 4

March 31, 2018

Region 9  February 23, 2018

Region 5

March 31, 2018

Region 10 January 19, 2018

Region 6

February 23, 2018


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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. Proposals are due May 2, 2018. EPA estimates $2.5 million in federal funds will be awarded under this solicitation, depending on Agency funding levels.

Please refer to the Request for proposal document and the associated deadline table below. Questions about this RFP must be submitted in writing via e-mail and must be received by the Agency Contact identified in Section VII by April 20, 2018. Written responses will be posted here.   

EPA will host two information session and Q&A webinars on the FY 2018 RFP on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 3 - 4:30 PM EDT and Tuesday, April 10, 2018 3 - 4:30 PM EDT. Click here to register for the webinar.

FY 2018 Proposal Deadlines

FY 2018 Proposal Deadlines
Deadline EPA uses to determine eligibility to receive competitive 319 grants  October 13, 2017
Last day to submit questions about RFP April 20, 2018
Deadline for receipt of proposals via  May 2, 2018
Headquarters notifies Regions/Tribes of selections for competitive 319 grants June 2018
Tribes submit final grant application to Region for competitive 319 grants TBD

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Additional Grant information

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