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Section 319 Grant

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Agencies, and
IHEs to Reduce Nonpoint Source Water Pollution

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Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)

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Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs for a range of projects that reduce nonpoint source pollution and enhance water quality. Applicants must submit a Notice of Intent before applying. Funding may be requested to conduct assessments, develop and implement TMDLs and watershed management plans, provide technical assistance, demonstrate new technology, and provide education and outreach. The majority of these funds must go toward restoring impaired waters through the implementation of approved watershed management plans.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is seeking applications for projects that will reduce nonpoint source (NPS) pollution in Indiana’s lakes, rivers, and streams. In an effort to more efficiently meet the NPS Program goals, focus §319 funds on restoration activities that will make measurable improvements in water quality, protect water quality designated uses, and implement Indiana's State Nutrient Reduction Strategy, IDEM established the following four priorities for FFY 2020 funds. Projects focusing on these priorities through planning and implementation activities will be considered a priority for funding. For implementation projects, the critical areas in the WMP must directly align with the priority:

- Develop a WMP or implement an IDEM approved WMP that will reduce nutrient loads within the following 8-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) watersheds (prioritized in Indiana’s State Nutrient Reduction Strategy).

- Develop a WMP or implement an IDEM approved WMP that includes a 10-digit HUC watershed with a surface water drinking water intake and waters identified in Category 4A and 5A of the Draft 2018 §303(d) List of Impaired Waterbodies.

- Develop a WMP or implement an IDEM approved WMP that includes a 10-digit HUC watershed that impacts outstanding state resource waters and/or waters with endangered, threatened, or rare species.

- Implement a WMP that meets the IDEM 2009 Watershed Management Plan Checklist.

- 319 eligible projects that address NPS pollution in Indiana but do not meet one of the FFY 2020 priorities above will also be reviewed and considered for funding.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181509

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IDEM anticipates that less than 10 projects will be funded.

Term of Contract:

Projects may not exceed 4 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for §319 funding, the project sponsor (the entity responsible for the project and its overall success), must be one of the following:
- Municipality
- County Government
- State Government
- Federal Government
- College/University
- Nonprofit 501(c) (3)

For-profit entities, nonprofit organizations, private associations and individuals are not eligible to receive this assistance.

For ineligible uses of funding see:

Pre-Application Information:

- Notice of Intent is due June 1, 2019
- Applications are due September 1, 2019
- Applicants failing administrative review will be notified by email by September 10, 2019.
- IDEM anticipates notifying applicants of the results of the technical review by October 31, 2019.

The Indiana State NPS Management Plan guides the NPS Management Program and its use of §319 funds. The Plan describes Indiana’s strategies for reducing and preventing NPS through program implementation. Since all activities and projects must be designed to implement the NPS Management Plan, applicants are encouraged to review it before submitting an NOI; specifically the Goals and Management Measures section.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to work with IDEM staff before submitting any grant application.

A 40% (non-federal) in-kind or cash match of the total project cost must be provided. Federal funds cannot be used for matching.

The Indiana State NPS Management Plan:

Match and Grant Eligibility Guidance for Sections 319 & 205 Grant Projects:

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319 Cost-Share Program Requirements:

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

Notice of intent must be emailed to

Watershed Specialists:

Joshua Brosmer, Watershed Specialist-SW

Kathleen Hagan, Watershed Specialist-SE

Jessica Faust, Watershed Specialist-NE

Chelsea Cottingham, Watershed Specialist-NW

Jamie Hosier, Senior Project Manager

Angie Brown, Section Chief

Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Office of Water Quality, Watershed Assessment and Planning Branch, Watershed Planning and Restoration Section
100 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2251

Phone: (317) 308-3173
Toll Free: (800) 451-6027
Fax: (317) 308-3219

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana