A Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

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

Updated July 2016: Now accepting applications for FY2017

Application Deadline is OCTOBER 31, 2016

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) receives an annual grant under Section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act to help prevent, control and/or abate nonpoint source pollution in support of Georgia’s Nonpoint Source Management Program. GAEPD then conducts a competitive process to fund eligible projects that will lead to direct reductions in pollutant loads and measurable water quality improvements in impaired waters throughout the State.

The grant’s cost-share policy requires a maximum of 60% Federal dollars and a minimum of 40% non-federal cash or in-kind Match toward the total project cost. Currently, the maximum Federal award to any individual project is $400,000, which requires a minimum local Match of $266,667, resulting in a total project cost of $666,667. There is no minimum Federal award amount that a project can receive. The maximum duration of any individual grant is limited to three years to achieve the project goals and objectives.


ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Public entities such as city or county governments with Qualified Local Government status; regional and State agencies; authorities that operate public service or delivery programs (e.g. sewer, water); regional commissions; resource conservation and development councils; county extensions; and local school systems and State colleges and universities. State law prohibits private or non-profit companies or organizations from receiving Section 319(h) funds directly. However, these groups are encouraged to partner with public agencies to develop implementation projects and apply for grants


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

  1. Implement existing watershed-based plans that adequately address USEPA's Nine Elements for Watershed Planning;
  2. Focus within a single 10-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC-10) or smaller; AND
  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 proposals must specify the nonpoint sources of pollution and identify the activities best suited to address these sources, which can include: TMDL implementation; watershed restoration; local regulatory or non-regulatory enforcement programs; urban stormwater controls not included in NPDES permits; technical and financial assistance; education and training; and water quality monitoring to evaluate success of best management practices.




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 Georgia Nonpoint Source Management Program (see 2014 Plan above); alleviate NPS pollution in impaired waters or protect healthy watersheds (Georgia’s 2014 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.



  • July: GAEPD issues the call for proposals
  • September 30, 2016: Last day to submit DRAFT proposals for GAEPD review (optional)
  • October 17, 2016: Deadline for required pre-application meetings with GAEPD to discuss proposals
  • October 31, 2016: Post mark or hand-delivery deadline for applications to GAEPD
  • Winter 2016-2017: Grant application review and award selection
  • Spring 2017: GAEPD notifies applicants of grant award
  • Summer 2017: GAEPD and grant recipient finalize contract / project scope of work
  • Fall 2017: GAEPD and grant recipient execute contract, and project begins



  • Applicants MUST meet or conference-call with the GAEPD Grants Unit by October 17, 2016, for review of draft proposals and an initial project evaluation.
  • Applicants MUST use the current FY2017 Application materials and Guidelines found on this website.


CONTACT: To inquire about potential projects or to schedule a pre-proposal meeting or conference call, contact Joyce McClain at joyce.mcclain@dnr.ga.gov or 404-651-8525.