Section 319 grants are normally administered for two years, corresponding with the fiscal year. The FY03 grant, for example, would begin on October 1st, 2002 and end September 30, 2004. Grant extensions have frequently been issued in the past to accommodate projects that go beyond the completion date, however EPA is not obligated to do so. Therefore it is important to ensure that your project remains on schedule. Section 319 projects are normally contracted for one to three years. The sponsor's application package is used to develop a contract between DNREC and the sponsor that outlines the tasks, schedule and budget that the sponsor committed to in their proposal. The project may begin when the contract is signed by the last State signatory authority (executed). Grant recipients must adhere to all guidelines for spending federal funds and state contract requirements. Recipients must report on project progress on at least a semi-annual basis. A final written summary project report is due by the end date of the contract.
Approved projects are assigned to a Project Manager who works closely with the sponsoring group by meeting with them at least semi-annually, providing technical assistance or referrals to others as needed, and reviewing all financial and reporting work submitted by the project. This oversight is concluded when the project’s Final Report and Final Invoice have been submitted and the contract has been closed.