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Information Resources and Centers
Watershed Funding Information
A hub for tools, databases and information about sources of funding to practitioners and funders that serve to protect watersheds.
Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection (Searchable Database)
A searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available from federal agencies to fund a variety of watershed protection projects.
Capacity Building Resources
This Nonpoint Source Capacity Building and Funding Workgroup Web site provides scientific, legal, outreach, planning, and engineering resources and tools.
Financing Stormwater Management
This site includes an annotated bibliography of existing stormwater finance materials; an archive that contains selected previously published materials concerning stormwater finance; a manual that discusses the financing options available to communities for stormwater management programs.
Office of Wastewater Management Financial Assistance
This page provides links to funding programs including the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Environmental Finance Program.
Nonpoint Finance Project
The Northeast-Midwest Institute and the Marine Studies Consortium have launched a Nonpoint Finance Project that seeks to identify innovative ways to finance nonpoint source pollution reduction.
Clean Water State Revolving Fund
Funding Nonpoint Source Activities with Clean Water State Revolving Fund (PDF) (24 pp, 266K About PDF)
This guidance provides detailed information on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund including explanations of the funding breakdown, the program’s history and state agency contact information (November 2003, EPA 832-F-03-009).
Cleaning Up Polluted Runoff with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (Fact Sheet) (PDF) (4 pp, 722K About PDF)
This fact sheet provides background information on the CWSRF (March 2003, EPA 832-F-03-0004).
Clean Water Act Section 319 Funding
Process for Applying for 319(h) Funds
This page provides background information on securing 319(h) funds.
Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Grant Funding History
Table listing grant funding totals starting in 1990.
Applying for and Administering CWA Section 319 Grants: A Guide for State Nonpoint Source Agencies (March 2003)
This manual provides an overview of federal grant requirements that will guide state and territory nonpoint source agency staff when applying for and administering grants awarded under the Clean Water Act Section 319.
Clean Water Act Section 319
More information on Section 319 grants.
Guides and Reports
Nonpoint Source Minigrants (May 2001) (PDF) (38 pp, 93K, About PDF)
This report from May 2001 describes mini-grants programs used by various states, local agencies, and non-profit organizations to implement efforts to address nonpoint source pollution and to protect or restore watersheds. Many of these are implemented as sub-awards, through state grant or contract mechanisms, of funds received by the state as part of an EPA grant under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Others are purely state-funded. In addition, the report closes with some examples of similar mini-grants used by estuary programs in the National Estuary Program under Section 320 of the CWA. The report is a product of the Grants Workgroup of the state-EPA Nonpoint Source Partnership.
Environmental Finance Program - A Guidebook of Financial Tools
This Guidebook is intended to be a working tool to enable practitioners in the public and private sector to find the appropriate methods to pay for environmental protection efforts. The Guidebook does not explain how or where to apply for nonpoint source related grants.
A State and Local Government Guide to Environmental Program Funding Alternatives
This document provides an overview of traditional (nongovernmental) funding mechanisms and innovative approaches for funding environmental programs (January 1994, EPA 841-K-94-0001).