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Nonpoint Source Grants

Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Financial Assistance Program

Grants are available annually to local units of government and other organizations to protect water quality in Illinois. Projects must address water quality issues relating directly to nonpoint source pollution. Funds can be used for the development, update, and implementation of watershed-based management plans including the development of information/education programs and for the installation of best management practices.

Applicants must apply for a grant through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, The FY24 Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) were posted March 13, 2024.  The NOFOs have closed.

Illinois EPA receives these funds through Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act and administers the program within Illinois. The maximum funding award is 60 percent of the total project cost. The program period is two years unless otherwise approved. This is a reimbursement program.

The 319 Notices of Funding Opportunity were posted March 13, 2024. The NOFOs are now closed.

If you have any questions regarding the program or application, contact:

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Bureau of Water
Watershed Management Section
Nonpoint Source Unit
(217) 782-3362

Illinois EPA has annually has $4.75 million in funding through the release of two Section 319(h) Grant Program Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to address nonpoint source pollution. Illinois EPA will annually seek proposals for watershed-based planning projects and watershed-based plan implementation projects to prevent, eliminate, or reduce water quality impairments to Illinois' surface and groundwater resources.  

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Application Assistance Resources

FY24 Presentation - Note, the funding opportunities are closed.

Notices of Funding Opportunity

There are no Notice of Funding Opportunities currently open.