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Funding opportunity: IEPA Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants

Grants are available to local units of government and other organizations to protect water quality in Illinois. Projects must address water quality issues relating directly to nonpoint source pollution. Funds can be used for the development, update, and implementation of watershed-based management plans including the development of information/education programs and for the installation of best management practices.

Applicants may not apply for a grant until they are pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, During pre-qualification, Dun and Bradstreet verifications are performed including a check of Debarred and Suspended status and good standing with the Secretary of State. The pre-award process also includes a financial and administrative risk assessment utilizing an Internal Controls Questionnaire.

Illinois EPA receives these funds through  Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act and administers the program within Illinois. The maximum funding award is 60 percent of the total project cost. The program period is two years unless otherwise approved. This is a reimbursement program.

Applications will be accepted between June 1, 2019 and close of business on August 1, 2019 (5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time). Applications must be submitted electronically. Read more.

The Metropolitan Planning Council presented information on the 319 grant opportunity at a recent Little Calumet River Watershed Planning Council meeting held at SSMMA offices. See the slides.

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