The States of Montana and South Dakota are currently accepting applications for nonpoint source project program grants under the Federal Clean Water Act, Section 319 nonpoint source control program. The recommended range for grants is $10,000-$300,000 per project, and a 40 percent cost share is required. Applicants must either be a nonprofit organization (501(c)(3) tax status) or a government entity.
Nonpoint source water pollution stems from many sources and is often generated by land uses such as agricultural and forestry activities, urban and suburban development, and runoff from abandoned mine sites. Common pollutants include sediment, nutrients, pathogens, and toxic metals.
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) anticipates approximately $900,000 in funding for nonpoint source water pollution projects will be available. The DEQ’s grant application deadline is 2:00 p.m. September 10, 2018. The fillable application form and instructions are available on DEQ’s website.
South Dakota DENR
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is accepting applications through October 1, 2018. Eligible applicants include governmental agencies; state government subdivisions, such as conservation districts, water development districts, counties and municipalities; universities; certain nonprofit organizations; and federally recognized Indian tribes. Entities interested in applying for Section 319 grant funds in South Dakota are encouraged to contact the DENR at (605) 773-4254 or obtain application guidance at http://denr.sd.gov/dfta/wp/319.aspxt.
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