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Nonpoint Source-Related Funding Opportunities

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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 Exit EPA Disclaimer
    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 Exit EPA Disclaimer
    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.

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Clean Water State Revolving Fund

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Clean Water Act Section 319 Funding

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319 funding made it possible for landowners in Alabama to construct alternative watering sources at eight different locations to limit cattle's access to creeks.

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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).

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