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How to Apply for Nonpoint Source Grants

How to apply for grants to cleanup or prevent water pollution including eligibility, requirements, and guidelines

New InformationRequest for Grant Applications

On June 2, 2014, TCEQ posted its Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) for Fiscal Year 2015 nonpoint source projects under the Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Grant Program.

This Solicitation can be accessed through the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) web site.  At the web site, in the "Browse Postings" section, in the line for "Agency Requisition Number", enter 582-14-43265, and then click on "GO" to access this solicitation.

 TCEQ will accept applications until 3:00 p.m. July 31, 2014. A separate form must be submitted for each individual project proposed. Completed applications should be concise, but also provide a sufficient level of detail to facilitate the consideration of the proposed project. Applicants are encouraged to check the ESBD throughout the RFGA period for additional information and/or requirements posted via Addenda.

If you have any questions or require assistance in accessing the ESBD web site, please contact: 

Lilia VanderWal by E-Mail: Lilia.vanderwal@tceq.texas.gov or phone: 512/239-1370

New InformationApplication Form

The official application form is available at the RFGA posting on the ESBD web site (see above). The application instructions are linked as "Package 1," and the application form itself is linked as "Package 2" and is in the form of a Microsoft Word document.

Templates for additional task language: The application form (Package 2) contains a template for a project scope of work, including standard language in table format for the tasks "Project Administration," "Quality Assurance," and "Final Report," as well as a generic task table for additional tasks. To assist applicants with development of a comprehensive set of task descriptions, the NPS Program has also prepared a document containing suggested language for several additional tasks often associated with NPS projects, including "Watershed Characterization," "Watershed Stakeholder Coordination," and "BMP Effectiveness Monitoring." Applicants can copy and paste the language from the document directly into the Grant Application Form. It is important that applicants modify and/or expand the suggested language as needed to describe their projects accurately.

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Grant Administration and Sources of Funding

The TCEQ and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board Exit the TCEQ administer federal grants for activities that prevent or reduce nonpoint source pollution. Grants are awarded annually and fund projects for up to three years. The TCEQ usually solicits grants in the summer of each year. Opportunities to apply are published on this Web page and Electronic State Business Daily Exit the TCEQ.

The grants are made available through a federal program authorized under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. See descriptions of current and recent projects funded through the TCEQ’s Nonpoint Source Program.

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Who Is Eligible?

All nonprofit organizations, and all state agencies or political subdivisions of the State of Texas—including cities, counties, school districts, state universities, and special districts—are eligible. Private organizations may participate in projects as partners or contractors but may not apply directly for funding.

Applicants are encouraged to partner with other local, state, and federal authorities to increase the impact of their activities. Participation offers the following benefits:

      • More and better information is available for managing surface water resources.
      • It ensures local perspectives are considered in decision making by government.
      • Stakeholders gain insight into the nature of water quality problems and solutions.
      • It promotes local stewardship of water resources through voluntary action.

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What Activities Are Eligible?

To be eligible for funding, a project must address the objectives, goals and/or priorities identified in the 2012 State of Texas Nonpoint Source Management Program or nonpoint source elements in the 1998 Texas Coastal Management Program Exit the TCEQ. Priority is given to funding development and implementation of watershed protection plans and alternative watershed-based plans.

Other eligible activities include:

      • assessment of nonpoint sources of water pollution
      • education and outreach
      • implementation of both technology-based and water quality–based management measures

Projects that implement permit requirements for storm water are not eligible for funding. However, storm water management activities not required by permit might be eligible for assistance. Also, even in areas with storm water permits, low impact development practices and retrofits of storm water control structures are usually eligible for funding.

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Watershed Planning Projects

Refer to the Watershed Protection Plan page.

Quality Assurance Requirements

All project-related water quality data must be collected and analyzed in accordance with an approved Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP).

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Guidance for NPS Grants

The following Web pages provide guidance and information for Section 319 grant projects.

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Tools for Documenting Pollutant Reductions

The federal nonpoint source program uses the term "best management practices," or BMPs, to refer to any activity that has proven effective in preventing or reducing nonpoint source pollution. Every grant project that implements BMPs must include an estimate of the amount of pollution its activities will prevent or reduce, and an evaluation of the performance of the BMPS implemented.

Links to some of the BMPs that Texas has found effective are provided below. Information on those websites should prove useful for estimating pollutant reductions from the associated practices.

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Agricultural and Silvicultural Projects

The TSSWCB 319(h) Grant Program Exit the TCEQ administers the grant program for agricultural and silvicultural projects.

For More Information

Contact the NPS Program by e-mail at nps@tceq.texas.gov, or call 512-239-6682.

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