Nonpoint Source Implementation RFP FY 2021 Information

Contact: Bob Sweet 517-512-9765

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is requesting proposals to implement priority recommendations in critical areas from approved watershed management plans. Under this RFP, about $4.3 million in state and federal funding is expected to be available for nonpoint source control projects. The timeline, application and award processes will be similar to previous years.  We strongly suggest that applicants consult with NPS staff as they work with partners and stakeholders to develop potential projects.  The RFP, appendices, and all forms and instructions are linked below.

To be eligible for implementation funding, watershed management plans not yet approved must have been submitted by February 14, 2020 and must be approved by EGLE on or before July 15, 2020.

A webinar was held to explain the FY21 NPS Program funding for watershed implementation projects. NPS staff discussed the grant application schedule, program priorities, eligibility criteria, application requirements, tips for successful applications, and answered questions from the audience. Click the following link to view a recorded version of the webinar (requires a free registration):

A second webinar will be held for those invited to submit a full proposal. This webinar is by invitation only. However, a recording will be posted here for those who cannot attend.

FY21 Schedule

  • 2/14/2020: Watershed Plans must be submitted for Approval
  • 6/17/2020: Draft RFP information Released
  • 7/15/2020: RFP Released
  • 7/15/2020: Watershed Plans must be 319 Approved
  • 7/21/2020: Webinar – RFPs, Eligibility, Priorities, and NOI form
  • 8/14/2020: Notice of Intent Letters due
  • 8/28/2020: Invitations for Full Proposals sent via e-mail
  • 9/8/2020: Webinar – Priorities, Project and application tips
  • 11/6/2020: Proposals due

Projects Awarded Spring 2021 or with FY21 State and Federal Budget approvals

Eligible applicants include nonprofits that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, local units of government (such as state agencies; county, city, township, and village entities; regional planning agencies; Conservation Districts), and Michigan colleges and universities. Applicants must also supply proof of a successful audit at the time of the full application.

Eligible watersheds are watersheds covered by a watershed management plan approved as meeting state and federal guidance.

Eligible activities are implementing priority recommendations to address nonpoint sources of pollution in critical or priority areas as designated in an approved watershed management plan.

For additional information please contact your District NPS Staff person or Bob Sweet.

Request for Proposal Documents