Developing a Project Proposal

Project proposals seeking funding from §319 funding must follow specific guidelines in order to be eligible for such funding.  The project must support the NPS Program in accomplishing its goals as stated in the Management Plan. The project must also meet all the requirements of the CWA and US EPA's guidelines for §319.  
Eligible projects 
  1. The project contributes to the implementation of the NSPs Management Plan. 
  2. The project is located in a watershed with a TMDL or in a watershed listed on the 303(d) List with a TMDL scheduled.
  3. The project addresses nonpoint source water quality impairment.  The goal of the project must be to reduce the loading of one or more nonpoint pollutants.
  4. A demonstration project can install BMPs that are innovative, holistic or “hard to sell”.  Education, load reduction and technology transfer are the purposes of the project, so defined efforts to publicize the project are required. 

All incremental project proposals must be a part of a comprehensive Watershed Based Plan (WBP).  Requests for proposals will be targeted towards watersheds where a plan has been or is being developed. 

Ineligible projects - Any activities that control pollution from point source discharges, and are regulated by NPDES permits.  These include sewage treatment plants, industrial facilities, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), active mines or mines abandoned after 1977, urban storm water activities required by a MS4 Phase I or II permit, and construction activities greater than one acre. 

Project proposal criteria
  1. The proposal is linked to the objectives of the NPS and the Watershed Management Framework.
  2. The proposal includes appropriate and effective measures of success.

  3. The project recruits and facilitates partnerships, support and involvement from governmental entities, educational institutions, business and citizens groups.

  4. The project obtains funds and develops efforts to continue nonpoint pollution management after §319 funding ends.

  5. The project is cost effective. Funds are targeted to provide maximum nonpoint pollution control. Requested funds for administration and other non-implementation activities are kept to a minimum and cannot exceed 20%

  6. The entity requesting §319 funds must support the project with a 40% match of the total project cost. In-kind support from the requesting entity is acceptable. The 40% match cannot come from other federally funded programs or funds.

  7. The proposal incorporates an effective public education and outreach component.

  8. The project activities can be achieved within an identified and reasonable time period.

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