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Section 319 Grant

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to Improve
Water Quality and Decrease Pollution in State Water Bodies

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Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)

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09/01/20 Receipt


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Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs to decrease water pollution and improve the quality of water bodies across the State. Interested applicants are required to submit a Notice of Intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support nonpoint source pollution projects that conduct assessments, develop and implement TMDLs and watershed management plans, provide technical assistance, demonstrate new technology, and provide education and outreach.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is awarding grants through the Federal Clean Water Act Section 319(h) program for projects that will reduce nonpoint source (NPS) pollution in Indiana’s lakes, rivers, and streams. 

NPS pollution does not come from a pipe, but results when water (rain or snowmelt) moves across land, such as city streets, agricultural fields and residential areas, and picks up sediment, fertilizers, pesticides, animal wastes, motor oil and other pollutants. NPS pollution is the leading cause of water quality problems in Indiana and is responsible for many of the impairments identified.

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. All activities and projects must be designed to implement the NPS Management Plan. (For more information about the NPS Management Plan, see

In an effort to more efficiently meet the NPS Program goals, the focus of §319 funds is 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 has established the following four priorities for FFY 2021 funds:

  • 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 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 aquatic 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 approximately 10 or fewer projects will be funded.

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If a grant is awarded, project start dates would be in the last quarter of 2021 at the earliest.

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)

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Notice of Intent: June 1, 2020
Due Date for Application: September 1, 2020. The electronic application submittal must be received by the deadline date.

Applications will initially be reviewed administratively for completeness and eligibility. IDEM anticipates notifying applicants of the results of the technical review by October 30, 2020.

While timeframes can change from year to year, in recent years, applicants have officially been notified of the grant award after Congress releases funds in June or July.

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

IDEM provides sixty percent (60%) of an approved project’s total cost with grant funds. A grant recipient must provide the remaining forty percent (40%) of the total project cost as match. This match is required for all approved 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

Applicants invited to submit applications should email them to the above email address.

There are several IDEM staff members who can provide guidance on project development; however, the IDEM recommends that applicants first contact the Watershed Specialist serving their region of the state. (For a list of Watershed Specialists by region, see the Watershed Specialists Map in Supporting Documents below.)

Watershed Specialists:

Joshua Brosmer, Watershed Specialist-SW

Kathleen Hagan, Watershed Specialist-SE

Kristi Todd Watershed Specialist-NE

Amanda Studor-Bond Watershed Specialist-NW

Samuel Ennett Watershed Specialist-Central

Jamie Hosier, Senior Project Manager

Angie Brown, Section Chief

For questions, contact IDEM at:

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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