Funding for control of water pollution from nonpoint sources is managed by the Nonpoint Source Management Program. Nonpoint source pollution, unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants, comes from many diffuse sources, including stormwater. The program administers both the Federal Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Grants(also known as "319 Grants") and the state Water Quality Restoration Grants (used to be referred to as the "TMDL Grants"). The goal of these grants is to reduce nonpoint source pollution from land use activities.
Who is Eligible
The following Florida entities are eligible:
Water management districts
Public universities or colleges
National Estuary Programs
What is Eligible
Examples of fundable projects or programs include, but are not limited to:
Public education programs on nonpoint source management ("319 Grant" only)
Septic to sewer projects ("319 Grant" only) Examples include laying the lateral for the residence/business to the sewer main, the connection to the sewer, installing a grinder pump/station on residents property, and abandonment of the septic system if the septic tank would be a continued source of pollution.
Proposals may be submitted anytime throughout the year. Department review and evaluation periods are expected to occur in September/October and March/April of each year, or as needed. If the project is not funded in the current selection cycle, it will be considered in the following cycle with no need to resubmit (unless there is a need to update the proposal). If your project is not selected within the current state fiscal year, the proposal will need to be resubmitted for evaluation.
All proposal requests must be submitted electronically to the Grant Coordinator in the Nonpoint Source Management Program. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Grant Coordinator.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.