The State Water Board is requesting proposals for the 2020 Nonpoint Source (NPS) Grant Program – Clean Water Act section 319(h) & Timber Regulation & Forest Restoration Fund.
The NPS Program administers grant money it receives from United States Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act and from the state Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund. These grant funds can be used to implement projects or programs that will help to reduce NPS pollution.
Projects that qualify for funding must be conducted within the state’s NPS priority watersheds. Project proposals that address Total Maximum Daily Load implementation and those that address problems in impaired waters are favored in the selection process. In addition, the NPS Grant Program funds projects that implement forest management measures on forest lands to improve water quality. There is also a focus on implementing management activities that lead to reduction and/or prevention of pollutants that threaten or impair surface and ground waters.
The 2020 Nonpoint Source Grant Program Guidelines (Guidelines) are posted on the NPS Grant Program website. The Guidelines describe program preferences, eligibility requirements, application process and instructions, project selection criteria, and the grant award process.
As this request for proposals is competitive, applicants should contact their corresponding Regional Water Board NPS Grant Coordinator (NPS Coordinators) listed in Appendix 6 of the Guidelines. The NPS Coordinators can provide the applicants with a copy of the 2020 Attachment E: Budget Template (Excel) which is a required form for applying in FAAST. The NPS Grant Coordinators can provide applicants with valuable guidance, review and comments on project proposals prior to submission.
Complete proposals are due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 using the State Water Board’s online Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (Financial Application Tool) system at https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov.
For questions or comments about the Nonpoint Source Grant Program please contact Jodi Pontureri, Division of Water Quality by email at Jodi.Pontureri@waterboards.ca.gov or by phone at (916) 341- 5306.