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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and For-Profits for Projects to Restore and Protect State Waterbodies from Pollution

CFDA or PIN Number:

Funding or PIN Number:

RFA # 41051

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Geographic Focus

USA: Colorado

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Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) - Water Quality Control Division (WQCD)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #166600

Grant Description

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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and for-profits for activities to enhance water quality throughout the state. Funding is intended to support the implementation of projects that restore or protect water bodies impaired by pollution.

CDPHE is now accepting applications for 1) watershed-based plan projects in the San Juan and Dolores River Basins (Regulation 34) and Gunnison River/Lower Dolores River Basins (Regulation 35) and 2) watershed implementation projects that restore waterbodies impaired by nonpoint sources of selenium, sediment, pathogens and/or nutrients AND/OR protect waterbodies from nonpoint sources of pollution.

  1. Watershed-Based Plan (WBP) Projects: Approximately $150,000 in Section 319 NPS funds are anticipated to be awarded starting in FFY23 for Watershed-Based Plan Projects in the San Juan and Dolores River Basins (Regulation 34) and Gunnison River/Lower Dolores River Basins (Regulation 35). Applicants may only submit Category 2 or Category 3 Watershed-Based Plan Projects as identified in Attachment E, “Proposal Priorities” for these basins. Additional funding, including unobligated funds from previous grant years, may also be used for eligible projects. Contact the NPS Program for potential funding for Category 1 watershed plans (pre-planning). Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2023 Section 319 funds and additional funds that may become available are to address:
    1. Category 2 – New WBP: Projects that develop a new WBP or update an existing WBP older than 15 years. WBP projects must provide a planning framework to address NPS water quality impairments, including NPS water quality impairments addressed through TMDLs, and must be focused on restoring waterbodies impaired by NPS pollution and/or protecting waterbodies affected or threatened by NPS pollution.
    2. Category 3 – Update to WBP: Projects that update a WBP less than 15 years old. WBP projects must provide a planning framework to address NPS water quality impairments, including NPS water quality impairments addressed through TMDLs, and must be focused on restoring waterbodies impaired by NPS pollution, and/or protecting waterbodies affected or threatened by NPS pollution.
  2. Watershed Implementation Projects: Approximately $1,000,000 in Section 319 NPS funds are anticipated to be awarded in FFY23. Unobligated funds from previous grant years may also be used for eligible projects. Requests for funding that are within and designed to improve one of the watersheds or waterbodies listed in Attachment E, “Proposal Priorities”, receive priority points as outlined in Section V. A. of this announcement. Even though applications for the targeted basin of focus (the San Juan and Dolores River Basins (Regulation 34) and Gunnison River/Lower Dolores River Basins (Regulation 35) are given priority points, applications will still be accepted statewide for projects not identified on the proposal priorities list. FFY23 Section 319 funds and additional funds that may become available are to address:
    1. Restoration Projects: Watershed projects that construct on-the-ground best management practices (BMPs) identified in EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plans to restore waterbodies impaired by nonpoint sources of selenium, pathogens, sediment and/or nutrients. A waiver of the EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plan requirement is in place for projects addressing post-wildfire NPS impacts. and/or
    2. Protection Projects: Watershed projects that construct on-the-ground and/or implement non-structural BMPs identified in EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plans or equivalent water quality management plan that meets EPA nine elements of watershed planning to protect waterbodies from nonpoint sources of pollution. A waiver of the WBP requirement is in place for projects addressing post-wildfire NPS impacts.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits, for-profit businesses, governmental agencies, local public health agencies, Colorado state agencies, and Colorado state institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Question deadline 5 p.m. (MST) on Nov. 4, 2022.
- Application deadline 5 p.m. (MST) on Dec. 2, 2022.

Applications must be received on or before the due date and time.

Non-federal matching funds equal to at least 25% of the total project cost are required.

Financial Risk Assessment Questionnaire - IMPORTANT: A financial risk rating will be assigned for all applicants. Local public health agencies are not required to complete Attachment D: Financial Risk Assessment Questionnaire because they already have a risk rating assigned by the CDPHE Financial Risk Management System (FRMS). Colorado State Agencies and Colorado State Institutions of Higher Education are not required to complete the Attachment D: Financial Risk Assessment Questionnaire. This form must be completed and submitted by all other applicants, including nonprofits, for-profit businesses or governmental agencies.

Grants awarded under this program are solely for cost reimbursement.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$400,000

Number of Grants:

The number of projects funded depends on the amount and availability of funds.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Watershed-Based Plan (WBP) Projects: Typical project budgets range from $50,000 to $100,000.

Watershed Implementation Projects: Typical project budgets range from $200,000 to $500,000.

Term of Contract:

Each Section 319 NPS grant is open for a five year period. Because of the time necessary to develop Project Implementation Plans (PIPs) and contracting, this five year grant timeframe equates to approximately three and a half years for projects to be completed. Projects funded under this RFA are anticipated to begin in Spring 2024. Dates are subject to change.

Contact Information:

Applications must be submitted electronically to:
cdphe_wqcd_nonpointsource+managers@state.co.us

Program contact name: Estella Moore

CDPHE
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246

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