Tribes are eligible to receive Clean Water Act Section 319 grant funding to implement EPA-approved NPS programs. As required under the Clean Water Act, tribes must be approved for treatment in a similar manner as a state (TAS) and have an EPA-approved NPS assessment report and NPS management program to receive §319 funds. Each year, a §319-eligible tribe may apply for a base §319 grant that support their NPS management program, and they are eligible to compete nationally for additional §319 funds (competitive §319 grants) to implement on-the-ground projects to restore and protect their waters.
See below for current information on application deadlines, eligible tribes and additional guidance.
The EPA anticipates awarding section 319 base grants to eligible tribes in the amount of $30,000 or $50,000 of federal §319 funding (depending on land area) on a noncompetitive basis. For tribes with 640,000 acres (1,000 square miles) or more, the base allocation is $50,000; for tribes with 640,000 acres or less, the base allocation is $30,000. Section 319 base funds may be used for a range of activities that implement the tribe's approved NPS management program, including: hiring a program coordinator; conducting NPS education programs; providing training and authorized travel to attend training; updating the NPS management program; developing watershed-based plans; and implementing watershed-based plans and on-the-ground watershed projects.
Proposed base 319 grant work plan deadlines vary by EPA Region. Please contact your EPA region for more details.
In addition to awarding section 319 base grants (described above), each year the EPA's National NPS Program solicits applications via a national competition from §319-eligible tribes and intertribal consortia to implement on-the-ground projects to manage NPS pollution. Competitive §319 grants may be used to develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and other on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving NPS impairments on a watershed-wide basis. Tribal applicants may request up to $100,000 in federal §319 funds through this competition. In recent years, the EPA has awarded approximately $2.5 million/year in federal §319 funds under this solicition, depending on Agency funding levels. Please note that applicants must submit applications via Grants.gov. Click here to visit the Grants.gov Announcement Page.
- Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 1-2:30pm Eastern Time: The EPA will host an information session/Q&A webinar (1 of 2) about the Request for Applications. Click here to register.
- Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 1-2:30pm Eastern Time: The EPA will host an information session/Q&A webinar (2 of 2) about the Request for Applications. Click here to register.
- Tuesday, January 5, 2021: Deadline for questions from prospective tribal applicants about the FY 2021 Request for Application. You may submit questions to email@example.com.
- Thursday, January 14, 2021: *Application Deadline.* Applications must be submitted electronically to the EPA through Grants.gov by 11:59pm EST in order to be considered for funding. Late applications will not be considered for funding. Click here for the direct link to the Grants.gov announcement page.
- April 2021: The EPA anticipates announcing final selections under this competition in April 2021.
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- Tribes eligible to apply for FY2021 CWA Section 319 Funding (PDF)(6 pp, 261 K, November 12, 2020)
- FY 2021 Request for Applications from Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia for NPS Management Grants Under CWA Section 319 (PDF)(36 pp, 488 K, December 2, 2020)
- Frequently Asked Questions about the FY2021 Competitive Grant RFA (PDF)(13 pp, 348 K, January 11, 2021)
- FY 2021 Tribal 319 Competitive Grant Info Session Webinar Slides (PDF)(47 pp, 2 MB, December 1, 2020)
- FY 2011 Section 319 Grant Guidelines (as formatted in the Federal Register Notice) (PDF)(9 pp, 106 K)
- FY 2011 Section 319 Grant Guidelines (same content formatted for easier online reading) (PDF)(31 pp, 164 K)