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Schools to Reduce Pollution and Preserve Water Sources

Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants Program

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

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06/24/22 5:00 PM


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Grants to Pennsylvania government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to improve water quality and restore watersheds. Certain applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to reduce pollution and preserve statewide water resources. The goal of the grant program is to protect and enhance the state's waters from nonpoint source pollution associated with AMD, energy resource extraction, agricultural activities, stormwater runoff, streambank, and shoreline degradation, along with verifying and demonstrating efficacy with enhanced data collection and distribution.


  • Reduce AMD-related iron, aluminum, and acidity pollutant loads.
  • Reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollutant loads.
    • Implement stream restoration, bank stabilization, and/or stormwater management projects.
    • Plant, maintain, and protect riparian forest buffers.
    • Implement agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs).


  • Priority will be given to agricultural BMP implementation identified in an existing Section 319 WIP. If funded, agricultural BMP projects will have some flexibility to add WIP project sites and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Priority will be given to WIP BMP implementation projects that address stormwater runoff, stream channel degradation, AMD, and floodplain restoration to mitigate the risk of flood damage in the watershed.
  • Priority will be given to new WIP development in Pennsylvania’s Environmental Justice (EJ) areas.
  • Preference will be given to high priority WIP implementation projects located within critical subwatersheds areas. Critical areas for water quality improvement are prioritized, specific subwatersheds to implement WIP BMPs, addressing causes and sources of water quality impairments. They are designed to achieve water quality standards within 5-10 years.
  • Preference will be given to projects that effectively addresses water quality impairments in a cost-effective way.
  • Preference will be given for WIP implementation in Tier 1-4 within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Please see page 8 for a map, county list, and associated tiers.
  • Applications that implement statewide or regional projects addressing nonpoint source pollution to restore or protect water quality may be considered, if funding remains after addressing projects implementing existing WIPs, new EJ WIP development, and revising existing WIPs.

Priority will be given to applications that develop new WIPs in Environmental Justice areas for 12-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) scale watersheds, based upon EPA’s nine minimum watershed plan elements for threatened or impaired waters.

For information regarding the required nine watershed elements for new WIP Development, see page 3 of the Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below. 

For additional considerations, see page 4 of the Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 192524

Term of Contract:

The grant’s timeframe would be approximately October 1, 2023 – June 30, 2028.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants or sponsors must meet one of the following criteria:
- Incorporated watershed association
- County or municipality
- County conservation district
- Council of governments; or
- Other authorized organizations, including:
- Tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations. If an applicant/sponsor is claiming an exemption from registering with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations, the applicant/sponsor must provide proof of such exemption with the application.
- Educational institution
- Municipal authority

EPA’s Section 319 grants cannot fund any projects or activities that are part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, such as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) or Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) and cannot provide funding for activities on any farms that are not covered by manure management or nutrient management plans. Proposed out-of-state projects will not be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

Application period is from April 22 – June 24, 2022, with applications due in the Commonwealth’s eGrants system by 5 p.m. on June 24, 2022.
Applications submitted after 5 p.m. will not be considered for funding.

If your project is located on land owned or controlled by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (i.e., Bureau of Forestry, Bureau of State Parks, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission), you must contact the appropriate agency for landowner consent and submit a landowner letter of commitment with your application. See Page 10 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

For a Grant Application Presentation, see:

For a list of forms associated with this grant program, see the URL for Full Text below.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For assistance with the eGrants system, please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Customer Service Center by phone at 800-379-7448 or by email at

For a list of Coordinator Contacts, see page 25 of the Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below.

Direct questions to:
Watershed Support Section
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Chesapeake Bay Office
Box 8555
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8555

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