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Section 319 - Tips for Writing an Effective Grant Proposal


  • Clearly identify the water quality problem that your project seeks to address. Connect this problem with an established TMDL, Tributary Strategy or 303d listing. Include any studies, reports or monitoring data that support your description of the specific water body and pollutant(s) that you plan to address with your project.
  • Show how your project is a cost-effective and appropriate solution to the problem. Again, reference local studies and reports if possible.
  • Have a workable, thorough implementation plan:
    • Clearly identify the goal that will be accomplished through the implementation of your project. Is it water quality? Load reduction? BMP Implementation? Education?
    • Draw a list of all the tasks necessary to reach your goal.
    • Establish a realistic timetable for accomplishing project tasks.
    • Make sure your budget is reasonable for all of the tasks in your proposal. Provide enough description to clearly justify your expenses.
  • For BMP Implementation projects, identify specific sites for the project. If your project has already established landowner cooperation, completed BMP design work and gotten the necessary survey work and permit applications underway, so much the better.
  • Create a list of Measurable Environmental Results (MER) appropriate to your project. Use the guidelines and tools described under the MER section of this website.
    • For BMP Implementation projects, describe the type and extent of controls that will be used to address the issue, such as miles of stream restoration, acres of wetland created, number of acres planted in cover crop, etc. Calculate the load reductions achieved as a result of implementing the BMPs.
    • For Educational projects, describe the number of people that received brochures, responded to surveys, attended events, etc.


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