Section 319(h) Georgia's Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant

UPDATED February 2024: 

FY2024 Grant Application Period is OPEN




The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) anticipates receiving a FY2024 Section 319(h) grant to prevent or abate nonpoint source pollution in support of Download this pdf file. Georgia’s Statewide Nonpoint Source Management Plan . Using a competitive process, GAEPD will award grant funds to eligible projects that propose to address nonpoint sources of pollution by identifying and implementing the activities best suited to address those sources resulting in measurable water quality improvements to impaired waters throughout the State.

The grant requires a cost-share ratio of 60% Federal dollars (maximum) and 40% non-federal match (minimum) toward the total project cost. There are no maximum or minimum Federal award amounts for any individual project. Proposed project schedules should be completed within three years.




ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Public entities in Georgia are eligible applicants, including: City and county governments with Qualified Local Government Status as defined in paragraph 18 of subsection (a) of O.C.G.A. 50-8-2*, State agencies, Local, regional, or State authorities operating jurisdictional services and/or delivery programs, Regional Commissions, Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Local and regional school systems, and State colleges and universities

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR FUNDING: All projects must address nonpoint sources of pollution to improve water quality. Projects must meet three minimum requirements:

  1. Implement an existing watershed-based plan that meets USEPA’s Nine Elements of Watershed Planning or implement a Summary of Nine Elements.
  2. Locate the project in a watershed or drainage area equal in size to a 10-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC-10) or smaller.
  3. Commit to a minimum 40% non-Federal Match that can be accomplished through local funds, in-kind services, or other non-Federal sources.

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS: Grant applications must specify the nonpoint sources of pollution and identify the activities best suited to address those sources, such as the following: green infrastructure/low impact development projects; watershed hydrology restoration; urban stormwater controls not included in NPDES permits; agricultural BMPs; education and training; and lake/pond dredging as long as ALL contributing sediment sources have been corrected.