Nonpoint Source Grants, Deadline Sept. 1

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program Watershed Planning pass through grant process is now open and $180,000 in federal funding will be available for projects that update approved watershed management plans or develop new watershed management plans.

Michigan’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program assists state, federal, and local partners to restore water bodies impaired by NPS pollution and protect high quality waters from impairments caused by NPS pollution.  The basis of the program is watershed management; therefore, proposals should develop or update watershed management plans that will help meet program goals including reducing phosphorus inputs to the Western Lake Erie Basin and Saginaw Bay.

Funding
Approximately $180,000 is available through this RFP to support watershed planning efforts.  Grant funds should be awarded to selected projects in December 2015.

Minimum and Maximum Funding Amounts/Match
The minimum request is $25,000 in grant funds.  There is no maximum request.
Projects require a minimum of 15 percent match, which may include cash and in-kind services from non-federal sources.

Eligibility
Local units of government (counties, cities, townships, and villages), regional planning agencies, conservation districts, public and private colleges and universities, and incorporated nonprofit organizations who are exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All must have recent successful audits.

Eligible Activities
All activities needed to develop or to update an existing plan to an approvable level, as defined in Appendix A, are eligible.

Ineligible Activities
Those activities not leading to the production of an approvable watershed management plan including installation of Best Management Practices.  However, implementation activities are eligible under a separate RFP and process.

Full applications must be received by 4:00 p.m., September 1, 2015, or carrier dated (i.e., U.S Postal Service, United Parcel Service, and Federal Express) no later than September 1, 2015.  Late materials will not be accepted or reviewed.

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Nonpoint Source Grants, Deadline Sept. 1

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