CWA 319(h) Grants

Nonpoint Source Grant Program

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) 319(h) Nonpoint Source Grant Program provides funding to qualifying counties, conservation districts, higher education institutions, regional agencies, and nonprofit organizations to improve conditions of Nevada’s watersheds and protect against nonpoint source (NPS) water pollution.

The grants support water quality improvement projects, education and outreach efforts, and the development and implementation of watershed based plans that focus on reductions in NPS pollution. Proposals are reviewed by a Technical Advisory Committee and ranked on project merit. Projects located in watersheds with approved watershed based plans, and that are anticipated to measurably reduce pollutants released to streams, rivers, and lakes are given priority. Nonpoint Source Grant Program funds originate from a US Environmental Protection Agency grant pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).

Project proponents are encouraged to work with NPS Program staff prior to submittal of a proposal to ensure that it is eligible, complete and competitive. Ongoing and past CWA section 319(h) projects can be found within the Nonpoint Source Management Program Annual Report. ​

The annual 319(h) Grant Funding Opportunity opens at 8:00 AM, Friday, September 3, 2021, and will close at 5:00 PM, Friday October 15, 2021.  Approximately $800,000 dollars in federal funding is available to provide grant assistance for projects that prevent or control nonpoint source water pollution, the leading cause of water quality impairment in Nevada. 

All proposals must follow the guidelines for application outlined in the Grant Funding Opportunity (GFO), which is available for download below.  The E-Form must be utilized to submit an application.  State, local, and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions are eligible to apply.  A non-federal match (cash and/or in-kind) of at least 50 percent of the total project cost is required. 

Access the Grant Funding Opportunity and related application documents below:

Nevada Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program Grant Funding Opportunity

GFO Pre-Application

GFO Pre-Application Instructions

Grant Proposal E-Form Application

Grant Proposal E-Form Application Instructions

For detailed information on how to apply for and create a competitive proposal for the grant funding opportunity, view presentation workshop below.

Nonpoint source water pollution occurs when rain, snowmelt and irrigation water flows over developed or disturbed land, carrying with it contaminants including oil, sediment, pesticides, bacteria and nutrients. This contaminated water makes its way into Nevada’s waterways either directly or through storm drains. “Nonpoint source pollution continues to be a significant threat to Nevada’s waterways,” said Birgit Widegren, supervisor of NDEP’s Nonpoint Source Program. “Implementing water quality restoration projects and educating our citizens on how they can help will reduce that threat.”

For any questions or more information, please contact Birgit Widegren, Supervisor, Nonpoint Source Program, Bureau of Water Quality Planning, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection at 775-687-9550 or bwidegren@ndep.nv.gov.

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