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DEQ Accepting Water Quality Grant Proposals

The application period for the federally funded grants for projects to restore polluted and impaired state waters is now open.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources will accept proposals until midnight May 4 for the Clean Water Act-Section 319 (h) Nonpoint Source Grant Funding Program for Fiscal Year 2021.

Projects that implement a division-approved watershed restoration plan to restore the water quality for waters impaired by nonpoint source pollution are eligible for funding. State and local governments, interstate agencies and public and private nonprofit organizations, including academic institutions, can apply.

“The 319 grant promotes partnerships and leveraging of resources to strengthen local stewardship of our shared water resources. This funding provides an opportunity for nonprofits and local governments to restore the habitat and quality of streams and other public trust waters across the state through voluntary local watershed initiatives,” said Richard W. Gannon, Nonpoint Source Planning Branch supervisor with the division.

The division anticipates that about $1.3 million in federal funds may be available for water quality restoration projects. Funds are provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, pursuant to Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act.

Availability of grant funds, amounts, and award schedules are conditioned on EPA’s budget as approved by Congress and subsequent allocation of Section 319 funds to the state. The division reserves the right to wholly fund, partially fund, or not fund any proposal or any component of any Section 319 grant proposal.

For a full description of the program, including requirements, eligibility, forms and scoring criteria, visit DEQ.nc.gov.

For additional questions regarding the FY 2021 319(h) RFP, contact Rishi Bastakoti at  rishi.bastakoti@ncdenr.gov.

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