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Section 319 Funding


Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Applications are due May 10 for funding in the next fiscal year. Projects selected for funding can begin work after the contract is executed, usually in the summer/fall of the next year (approximately one year after the application is submitted). Delaware’s 319 grant is divided into base and incremental funds. Projects funded by the grant can fall into either one or both of these categories.

Base funds are used to provide staffing and support to manage and implement the state Nonpoint Source Management Program. Base funds help in implementing projects to identify and address nonpoint source problems and threats, as well as funding activities that involve specific waterbodies in that state or statewide or regional projects. A portion of these funds (up to 20 percent) may be used for planning and assessment activities such as conducting assessments, developing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), and creating programs to solve nonpoint source problems. EPA has issued supplemental grant guidelines that identify priority activities to be funded with section 319 incremental and base funds.

Incremental Funds are used for the development and implementation of watershed-based plans and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for impaired waters. These funds are used to restore impaired waters.

Section 319 funds are intended to be startup funds, not a continuous funding source. Sponsors may seek funding for two phases of a large project, such as Phase I planning and Phase II implementation, however, sponsors are generally not funded more than two or three times for similar efforts.

Payment of 319 funds is made in arrears for costs incurred as work is completed and upon receipt of an invoice and other applicable documentation. Invoices must be accompanied by an itemization of invoice expenditures and a report of in-kind/cash match contributions. Other cost-share documentation may also be required (see Cost Share Funds below). Payment can be expected 4-6 weeks after DNREC receives the Invoice.

The following items cannot be funded with Section 319 funds:

  • dredging, drainage or flood control,
  • work required by regulations or permits, such as an NPDES permit,
  • permit fees of any type,
  • office furniture

Equipment purchased with 319 funding becomes the property of the NPS Program upon completion of the project.

Funding from the grant may also be used to support an established cost-share program. Cost-share funds from Section 319 grants may not be used to reimburse a sponsor for the following:

  • Purchase of agricultural equipment, or other large pieces of equipment (equipment modifications and leasing are allowable)
  • Purchase of land or land easements (these activities can be counted as matching funds in some cases)
  • Any project which is directed at water quantity rather than water quality, such as dredging, drainage, or flood control
  • Any practices, equipment, or supplies used to fulfill the requirements of any federal permit, such as a NPDES permit, or to meet enforcement requirements.
  • Wetland mitigation sites
  • Incentive payments or yield losses
  • Practices not sanctioned by DNREC or a partner agency of DNREC
  • Practices not installed in accordance with standards and specifications developed by NRCS, DNREC or other recognized standards.


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