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Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Grant - SWCD Led Proposals

Grants to Indiana Soil and Water Conservation
Districts to Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution

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Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA)

Deadline Date:

09/06/19 4:00 PM EDT


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Grants to Indiana soil and water conservation districts to enhance water quality through the reduction of nutrients and sediment from nonpoint sources. Funding is intended for long-term projects that address a current nonpoint source water quality concern within the district’s jurisdiction. Proposals that outline how funds will leverage additional funding from other sources as well as engage other partners are strongly encouraged.

The proposal must identify the current nonpoint source water quality concern(s) in the selected district(s). The proposal must also identify how addressing this resource concern pertains to both the SWCD business plan(s) and the SSCB business plan. Each application must state clearly what each partner and participating district will be contributing to the proposed project (i.e. outreach, professional assistance, estimated funds, etc.)

Conservation practices and structural measures shall follow NRCS Field Office Technical Guide where applicable. New technologies not currently in the technical guide may be implemented if reviewed and concurred in by a technical representative of the Conservation Implementation Teams (CIT) or their designee. Please note that pollinator plantings must be free of species that are noxious, invasive, and/or pigweed. To verify that seed mixes are free of these species, a district can request the seed lab card from the distributor. For more information, please contact your DSS.

Conservation practices and lab analysis of soil and water that are components of research projects are eligible. Projects relating to urban practices that will reduce sediment and nutrient are also eligible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180897

Estimated Size of Grant:

Proposals can be for any amount that would accomplish the project described.

Term of Contract:

All 2020 Clean Water Indiana Grant projects shall take no longer than three full years to complete. Projects will start on January 1, 2020 and must be finished and all funds spent by December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications can be submitted by any SWCD in the State of Indiana. However, only one application is permitted per project and must be submitted by the lead SWCD. SWCDs may be lead on only one application in the 2020 grant cycle. All districts must be current on SharePoint reporting for previous grants, including both financial and conservation practice tracking.

The 2020 CWI grant program cannot be used to fund research equipment. No funding will be awarded for cost-share on rain barrels. Cost-sharing is also not allowed on specific practices that an entity is required to install to comply with a state or local rule or ordinance. Example: CWI funds cannot be used to meet MS4 requirements unless the proposed use of funds goes above and beyond the requirement outlined in the MS4 permit’s Storm Water Quality Management Plan.

This grant opportunity is competitive. A lead district must be selected to serve as the grantee to receive and administer the grant. However grant funds can be shared between districts through cooperative agreements locally.

Proposals must fall within the funding context allowed under the Clean Water Indiana Law (IC 14-32-8). The law prohibits funds to be used for food, food related paper products, office equipment or district self-promotional materials (i.e. mugs, t-shirts, pens, etc.).

Pre-Application Information:

The application must be submitted by September 6, 2019, at 4 pm EDT.

Matching Requirement: A 50 percent cash and/or in-kind match is required. Match contributions can be federal, state, and/or local sources including such things as landowner costs, staff time, supervisor time, equipment use, purchase, rental, etc. Proposals that request funds for staffing require a 25% cash or in-kind match for the staffing component.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For programmatic questions about the guidance and application, contact:

Leah Harmon, Clean Water Indiana Program Manager (and DSS for Central District)

For assistance with proposal development, please contact your DSS:

Jennifer Thum
(260) 341-6966

Geneva Tyler
(317) 518-4036

Laura Fribley

Tara Wesseler-Henry
(765) 745-0306

Nathan Stoelting
(812) 320-9873

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana