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2021 319 Grant Program - Watershed Restoration Grants

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for Projects
that Restore Impaired Waters and Improve Water Quality in Eligible Regions

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North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources

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05/04/21 Midnight - Receipt


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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, agencies, and IHEs for projects that restore waters impaired by pollution and improve water quality in eligible regions. Funding may be used to conduct watershed restoration projects such as stormwater and agricultural best management practices and restoration of impaired streams. Projects must be used to help restore waterbodies in areas with approved watershed restoration plans.

DWR is seeking proposals only for projects that implement a DWR-approved watershed restoration plan to restore impaired waters impacted by nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. 

Impaired waters are those listed as either Category 4 or 5 in the most recent Integrated Report published by the DWR Modeling and Assessment Branch. For this RFP, the 2016 and 2018 Integrated Reports are the two most recent. DWR will also consider proposals for waters included in Category 4 or 5 of the latest draft Integrated Report. The proposal must address parameter(s) in the IR listing and propose to implement goals and objectives of a DWR-approved Watershed Action Plan that includes the nine elements required by USEPA. When proposing a project, please reference the list of approved watershed plans on the 319 Grant Program website or obtain prior DWR approval for a new watershed restoration plan.

Applicants wishing to implement a watershed restoration plan that is not on this list, are required to submit the plan and North Carolina 9-Element Plan Checklist to staff. 

Applicants are also encouraged to identify other state funding sources for work that contributes to watershed improvement, and to partner with other state or local agencies, or with parties funded by those agencies, to leverage such funding or relationships to best effect for water quality improvement. Partnerships demonstrate a commitment from the community that projects will be maintained and have community buy in.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185408

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There is no maximum cap on the amount of funding that a project can apply for; however, it is recommended that you make your project as cost-effective as possible. The majority of funded projects typically fall in a range from approximately $50,000 to $300,000.

Term of Contract:

The estimated time that projects may start is in January 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- State and local governments (including Councils of Government)
- Interstate and intrastate agencies
- Public and private nonprofit organizations (including academic institutions)

In addition, all project sponsors must meet the following qualifications:
• Have a current Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. DUNS numbers may be obtained from the following website:
• Be registered with the federal System for Award Management (SAM). The SAM registration website is
• Be registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State. All project sponsors must be registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State to do business in the state of North Carolina. Registration with the Secretary of State may be completed via the following website:

The 319 Grant will not fund a stream, wetland, or buffer restoration that is a compensatory mitigation requirement or any activities relating to compensatory mitigation.

Pre-Application Information:

The schedule for reviewing and funding FY 2019 proposals is as follows:
- February 8, 2021: Request for proposals (RFP) is released
- March 15, 2021: Deadline for draft proposals or 9-Element Plans seeking preliminary staff review
- May 4, 2021: Deadline for final proposals; must be received electronically by midnight
- May 31, 2021: Applicants notified whether they will be invited for interviews
- June 25, 2021: Interviews for finalists
- July 2, 2021: DWR announces selected projects. Move forward with contracting, dependent upon receipt of EPA grant funding to North Carolina.
- January 2022: Contracts executed, projects may start. (Estimated, depending on grant award date to NCDEQ and time for contract preparation.)

If you wish to implement a watershed restoration plan that is not on the DWR list, you are required to submit your plan and North Carolina 9-Element Plan Checklist to Rishi Bastakoti by email by March 15, 2021. Division staff will then review the plan and determine whether it meets the nine elements.

All projects must include non-federal matching funds of at least 40% of the project’s total costs (i.e. match funds are at least 40/60 or 2/3 of the 319 award amount). Note that providing more than the minimum 40% match is encouraged and is adds weight in the review process.

Payment will be made on a reimbursement basis in accordance with the payment schedule and terms contained in the project agreement.

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Contact Information:

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

Email the application to:

Rishi Bastakoti, 319 Grant Administrator
(919) 707-3623

For further information, contact Rishi Bastakoti or:

Rich Gannon, Nonpoint Source Planning Branch Chief
(919) 707-3673

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
217 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

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