Financial Assistance Programs – Grants and Loans
Federal CWA 319(h) Program
This program is an annual federally funded nonpoint source pollution control program that is focused on controlling activities that impair beneficial uses and on limiting pollutant effects caused by those activities. States must establish priority rankings for waters on lists of impaired waters and develop action plans, known as Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), to improve water quality. Project proposals that address TMDL implementation and those that address problems in impaired waters are favored in the selection process. There is also a focus on implementing management activities that lead to reduction and/or prevention of pollutants that threaten or impair surface and ground waters.
- CWA 319(h) 2012 NPS Implementation Grant Program FAQs
- The Recommended Funding List for CWA 319 (h) NPS Grant Program has been approved by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) on May 4, 2011
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2011 CWA 319(h) Nonpoint Source Grant Program
The CWA 319(h) Full Proposal Solicitation Notice and List of projects invited to submit full proposals are available for viewing below:
- 2011 CWA 319(h) NPS Grant Program Pull Proposal Invite-Back List
- The Full Proposal Solicitation Notice for the CWA 319(h) NPS Grant Program
- Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source (NPS) 2011 Grant Program Guidelines (Attachment 1)
- Contact List (Attachment 2)
Full Proposal Application Instructions
- Planning/Assessment Project Narrative Instructions (Attachment 3)
- Implementation Project Narrative Instructions (Attachment 4)
- Scope of Work, Schedule and Budget Instructions (Attachment 5)
- Certificate of Incorporation (Optional)
- Environmental Clearance Checklist
- Application Checklist (Attachment H)
- Table I.1 Line Item Budget Table
- Table I.2 Task Budget Table
Other Resource Information
- General Requirements
- Information on the Grant Agreement
- Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Practice Service Life
Appendices to the 319(h) NPS 2011 Grant Program Guidelines (Attachment 1)
- Appendix A. Required Elements for Watershed Based Plans per CWA Section 319
Projects may qualify through implementation and/or planning/assessment activities that are consistent with watershed plans that address the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) nine required watershed-based plan elements.
- Table F1 - Nine Elements Verification Table for Nonprofit Source Implementation Program (CWA, Section 319(h))
- Appendix B- Definitions
Relevant program definitions provided for reference.
- Appendix C. - Environmental Review Process
Funded projects must comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and federal environmental regulations.
- Environmental Information
- California State Clearinghouse Handbook
- CEQA Guidelines
- CEQA Guidelines (Appendix C)
- CEQA Guidelines (Appendix D)
- CEQA Guidelines (Appendix G)
Questions regarding environmental procedures and practices should be directed to the Division’s Regional Programs Unit (RPU), at (916) 341-5686 or (916) 341-5667. Questions regarding cultural resources should be directed to the Division’s Cultural Resources Officer (CRO) at (916) 341-5690.
- Appendix D. Matching Funds Reduction/Waiver (Disadvantaged Communities)
Projects that involve disadvantaged communities may be eligible for a waiver or reduction of matching funds. Under the Program, a disadvantaged community is defined as a community with an annual MHI that is less than 80 percent of the statewide Median Household Income (MHI).
- Appendix E. Project Assessment and Evaluation Plan
Funded projects are required to complete a Project Assessment and Evaluation Plan (PAEP). A PAEP helps ensure projects meet their intended goals, achieve measurable outcomes, and provide benefits to the State of California. Background on the PAEP, guidance on how to prepare and use PAEP, and templates are available.
- Appendix F. Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP)
Funded projects are required to collect swamp compatible data to for quality assurance and control and for comparability with other State collected data. Additional SWAMP compliance guidance is available.
- Appendix G. Program Contacts
Applicants should talk to their regional board grant coordinator about their project.
- Appendix H. Grant Agreement Template
Applicants that are funded will need to agree to terms and conditions similar to that above.
- Appendix I. California's Management Measures For Polluted Runoff (CAMMPR)
One way projects may qualify for 319(h) grant funding, is if they are consistent with the State's NPS Control Program. The NPS Control Program 1998-2013 (Program Plan) directs the NPS Control Program, providing goals for the management of NPS pollution to which various management practices are applied. California’s Management Measures for Polluted Runoff (CAMMPR) is designed to assist California in improving implementation of the California’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Control Program (Program).
- Appendix J. California Watershed for Tracking Water Quality Improvements
Applicants should consider proposing projects in Measure “W” Watersheds. These watersheds were identified by the Water Boards to track progress related to documenting water quality improvements. One of the primary purposes of this measure is to model and demonstrate the effectiveness of the watershed approach. These California watershed may be amenable to water quality improvement in the near term (by 2012), as well as improvement that may take longer.
319(h) Contract Schedules:
- Federal FY's 1999 & 2000 Contracts
- Federal FY 2001 Contracts
- Federal FY 2002 Contracts
- Federal FY 2003 Contracts
- Federal FY 2004 Contracts
- Current CWA Section 319 - Funded Projects
- Grant Forms and Schedules (Propositions 13, 40, 50 & 319(h) Grants)
- NPS: CWA 319 Grant Fact Sheet
- Proposed Funding Schedule
- Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Conservation Practice Service Life
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Past Year's Program Information:
Questions or comments about the Federal 319 Program?
- For CWA 319(h) Grant Program email Melenee Emanuel, Division of Water Quality, or phone 916 341-5271
- For FAAST and Match Funding email Patricia Leary, Division of Financial Assistance, or phone 916 341-5167