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

UPDATED MARCH 17, 2020: FY2020 Grant Application Period is OPEN.

*WEBINAR DATE CHANGE* April 2, 2020 Pre-application Meeting Webinar (required) 

*DRAFT PROPOSAL DATE CHANGE* April 14, 2020: Last day to submit DRAFT proposals for GAEPD written review (optional)

Application Deadline: APRIL 30, 2020.

FY2020 Grant Timelime

PRE-APPLICATION MEETING WEBINAR: All applicants are required to attend a webinar with GAEPD Grants Unit Staff to discuss the current application process. Project partners, consultants, or other affiliated parties are welcome to attend, but the lead organization must be in attendance on-line.

*NOTE DATE CHANGE* Pre-application Webinar: Thursday, APRIL 2, 2020

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 AM (EST)

Phone Dial-in number: (515) 604-9811 • Access code 654429 

Link to webinar slides (NO AUDIO) in

Please do not use Audio Sync PIN or PIN - Call the Phone Dial-in Number only!

Presentation Slides for webinar can also be downloaded directly:  Download this pdf file.FY2020 Quick Guide to Evaluate Your Project & Apply [April 2020]

Applications must be emailed in electronic format by the deadline of April 30, 2020. Applications delivered by hand or sent by mail will no longer be accepted.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) anticipates receiving a FY2020 Section 319(h) grant to prevent or abate nonpoint source pollution in support of current, revised Download this pdf file.2019 Georgia’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan. Using a competitive process, GAEPD will award grant funds to eligible applications that propose to reduce pollutant loads and result 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. The maximum Federal award to any individual project is $400,000 with no minimum Federal award amount. Proposed project schedules should be completed within three years.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Local, State or regional public entities, agencies or authorities that operate public service or delivery programs (e.g. sewer, water, resource development or planning); city or county governments that have Qualified Local Government status; county extensions; local school systems; and State colleges and universities. 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR FUNDING: To be considered for funding, projects must meet all three of the following minimum requirements:

  1. Implement existing watershed-based/watershed management plans that adequately address USEPA's Nine Elements for Watershed Planning;
  2. Focus within a 10-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC-10) or smaller watershed; AND
  3. Commit to a minimum 40% non-federal match.

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS: Grant proposals 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; water quality monitoring to evaluate success of BMPs; and lake/pond dredging as long as ALL contributing sediment sources have been corrected.



ADDITIONAL CRITERIA APPLIED DURING THE SELECTION PROCESS: Proposals that meet the following criteria will be reviewed in a more competitive light: Include appropriate project evaluation components; demonstrate cost-effectiveness; support the current, revised Georgia Nonpoint Source Management Program (see 2019 Plan above); alleviate NPS pollution in impaired waters or protect healthy watersheds (Georgia’s 2018 Section 305(b)/303(d) List of Waters); engage multiple partnerships; leverage ongoing watershed management activities; address priority pollutants; target priority watersheds; correct adverse impacts of increased impervious surfaces; correlate BMPs to management strategies identified in appropriate Regional Water Plans.


  • January 2020: GAEPD issues the call for proposals
  • *DATE CHANGE* April 2, 2020 Pre-application Meeting Webinar (required) 
  • *DATE CHANGE* April 14, 2020: Last day to submit DRAFT proposals for GAEPD written review (optional)
  • April 30, 2020: Email deadline for digital applications to GAEPD
  • Summer 2020: Grant award selection 
  • Summer 2020: GAEPD notifies applicants of grant award
  • Fall 2020: GAEPD and grant recipient finalize project scope of work
  • Fall 2020: GAEPD and grant recipient execute contract, and project begins

CONTACT:  To inquire about potential projects, schedule a conference call with Joyce McClain.