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 Assistance Grants (also known as "SWAG"). The goal of these grants is to reduce nonpoint source pollution from land use activities. Total funding amounts available each year in these two grant programs depends on Federal and state appropriations, but is usually around $8 - $9 million.
Project 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.
Submitting Project Proposals
Solicitation notifications will be sent via our email listserv in the fall or spring each year. Enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box to receive these notifications. Complete the Nonpoint Source (NPS) Project Proposal Request and submit supporting documents electronically to the Grant Coordinator. Proposals must be completed by 11:59 PM on the solicitation deadline to be considered for funding that cycle.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Grant Coordinator.
Financial assistance is available to Florida's local governments, including county and municipal governments, special districts, water management districts, other state agencies, public universities/colleges, and national estuary programs located in Florida. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
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.
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.