Water Protection Program

Section 319 Nonpoint Source Subgrants

Nonpoint Source Watershed Restoration and Protection
Photo of the Missouri River with morning fog.

The Department of Natural Resources has funding available to assist organizations with implementing best management practices and associated activities as described in their department-accepted watershed management plan or alternative plan.  The purpose of the funding is to implement on-the-ground practices that control, reduce or manage nonpoint source pollution as described in the Missouri Nonpoint Source Management Plan as selected by the department.

Letters of Intent

Letters of intent for potential NPS projects are accepted on an ongoing basis. A general template is provided. Projects with the potential for meeting department needs will be aked to submit a detailed scope of work or application for further evaluation.      

Fund Source

Funding for this federal grant is authorized by Section 319 of the Clean Water Act to address nonpoint source water pollution, such as polluted runoff from unregulated or unpermitted sources and in waters needing improvements or protection from further degradation.  The funding is provide by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Department of Natural Resources.

Grant Use

Funding is available for organizations to implement best management practices as detailed in their watershed management plan. Funding decisions will be made based in part on the criteria listed in the previous Request For Proposals. 

Section 319 nonpoint source implementation grant information

For more information contact:
    Greg Anderson, Nonpoint Source Coordinator
    Missouri Department of Natural Resources
    Water Protection Program, Watershed Protection Section
    P.O. Box 176
    Jefferson City, MO  65102
    573-751-7428 or by email


Three priorities have been established and projects consistent with these priorities will receive more favorable consideration.  First, “Our Missouri Waters” pilot watersheds are a high department-wide priority; particularly in waters identified by EPA-approved Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL, reports.  Our Missouri Waters includes the Lower Grand River, Big River and Spring River basins.  The second priority includes projects that eliminate nonpoint source impairments or restore nonpoint source impaired waters identified in TMDLs and state-accepted watershed based plans. The third priority of this request is innovative nonpoint source stormwater demonstration or riparian projects that may eliminate aquatic life-use impairments or preserve beneficial uses.

To be considered, applicants must have:

Additional information regarding selected qualifying watersheds can be found in Section VIII of the Request for Proposals and in the applications forms.


Federal funding allocated under Section 319 (h) of the Clean Water Act are available to public institutions of higher education, units or sub-units of government, and non-profit organizations with demonstrated 501(c)(3) status.  These funds are administered by the Department of Natural Resources.

All applicants must also have an accepted Nine Element Watershed Management Plan or approved alternative.  Innovative nonpoint source stormwater demonstrations or stream protection projects may also be considered.

Grant Amount

Variable award amounts will be based on the number of applicants, amount of funding available at the time of the request and depend on the ability of the recipient to mobilize, remain on schedule, and achieve the implementation milestones of the best management practices in their watershed management plan.  Project periods of up to three years will be considered.  Costs and scopes of work will be refined prior to final approval of the project.  The project sponsor is required to provide 60/40 match ratio of the total project cost with non-federal dollars or in-kind activities.  Applicants will be required to maintain a 60/40 federal to nonfederal contribution ratio on a semiannual basis through the duration of the project and should develop the project budget accordingly.

By applying for this award, the applicant verifies that it, its board of directors, and all principals are currently in compliance with all state and federal environmental laws and court orders issued pursuant to those laws, and that all environmental violations have been resolved at the time of this application. 

Funding will be based upon performance.  Funding restrictions will occur if projects fall behind on their scheduled milestones.  If a project is not meeting their milestone deadlines, a reduction of funding will occur.

Application Information

Major Subgrant Application and Detailed Budget Spreadsheet

Water Quality Monitoring Worksheet and Detailed Budget Spreadsheet (required for all projects proposing a water quality monitoring component as part of the 319 project effort)

Additional resources
319 Project Examples

Letter Submittal

Letters of intent can be submitted at any time.

Mail letters of intent to:

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Water Protection Program
Attn: Darlene Schaben
P. O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
Telephone 573-751-7428 or by email


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