Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants - Federal Clean Water Act Section 319

Purpose:  To provide funding to implement nonpoint source activities identified in DEQ-approved watershed management plans.  Implementation activities must address specific sources of nonpoint source pollution identified by Michigan's Nonpoint Source Program Plan. 


Goals:  To restore waters impaired by nonpoint source pollution and protect high quality waters from degradation.  This funding source provides for the implementation of physical improvements as well as information/education strategies, land use planning, the installation of easements and related activities.  



  • Anticipated water quality benefit in relation to the costs.
  • Ability of the applicant to carry out the project.
  • Expected long-term water quality improvement or protection.
  • Consistency with approved watershed management plan.
  • Project evaluation activities.
  • Commitment for financial and technical assistance by project partners.


Eligibility:  Eligible agencies include county or local units of government, state agencies and non-profit organizations.  A DEQ-approved watershed plan that meets the U.S. EPA's nine planning elements is required to be eligible.

Application Process:  Request for proposals (RFP) is announced with a deadline for application.  Eligible applicants can contact DEQ Nonpoint Source staff for grant application assistance.  Prior to application, locally developed watershed management plans should be submitted to the DEQ for review and approval.


Nominating Procedure:  Grant applications are selected for funding by the DEQ Director and the Environmental Protection Agency based on eligibility and priority criteria described in the grant application package. 


Deadlines:  Deadlines will be included in each request for proposals.  Watershed management plans can be submitted for DEQ review at any time throughout the year.


Timelines:  Applicants will have a minimum of 60 days to respond.  In general, applicants can expect to receive notification within 270 days of the application submittal deadline.


Dollar Amounts(s) Available (Min. or Max):  Approximately $3 million will be available each round of funding.  There is no maximum for proposals submitted.  The minimum amount is $25,000.


Required Match:  Most watershed implementation projects require a minimum 25% match.  Conservation easement projects require a 50% match.


Source(s) of Funds:  Federal Clean Water Act Section 319.


Authority:  Federal Clean Water Act Section 319(h).


Responsible Division/Office Contact:  Water Resources Division, Nonpoint Source Unit, Robert Sweet, 517-284-5520.


Phase-out/Expansion/Changes for Next Fiscal Year:  None. 


Related Grants:  These grants are often coordinated with Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants - Clean Michigan Initiative, which are limited to implementing physical improvements in DEQ-approved watershed plans.


Recent Awards/Example Project:  See Fact sheets describing the results of completed Nonpoint Source grant projects 



Request for Proposals:  See the most recent Nonpoint Source Program RFP.