Polluted Runoff: Nonpoint Source Pollution

Watershed Funding

EPA Funding-Related Topics and Resources

Understanding Managing and Applying for EPA Grants:  Includes information on how to apply, Grant Resources, Grant programs and more. 

Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection:  A searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available from federal agencies to fund a variety of watershed protection projects.

Grants.govExitThis Web site provides organizations with the ability to search for competitive grants from all grant-making Federal agencies, register to receive grant notices via e-mail, and download grant applications.

Water Infrastructure and Resilliency Finance Center: provides financial expertise to communitites that are financing, drinking water, waste water and storm water infrastructure

Clean Water State Revolving fund:The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program is a federal-state partnership that provides communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects.

Environmental Education Grants Program
This program supports environmental education projects that increase the public awareness about environmental issues and increase people's ability to make informed decisions that impact environmental quality. EPA awards between $2 and $3 million annually. More than 75 percent of these grant recipients receive less than $15,000.

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Reports and Publications

Handbook on Coordinating funding for water and waste water Infrastructure: Because there are numerous ways to coordinate funding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) surveyed six states – Arizona, California, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington – to identify the keys to the success of their coordinated funding approaches. This handbook presents the lessons learned by these six states so that other states may understand the benefits and challenges of coordinating funding efforts.

Clean Water Revolving Fund Activity Update Ohio's Restoration Sponser Program Integrates Point Source and Nonpoint Source Projects  This article provides a case study of how Ohio EPA has worked to fund both point and nonpoint source projects through a Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP). The article reinforces the idea that wastewater treatment plant improvements and water resource restoration projects are complementary efforts.

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Additional Funding Resources 

Chesapeake Bay Funders Network  ExitThe Funders Network creates opportunities for funding organizations to make a real difference by providing current and objective information on policy issues, by helping organizations focus on the most pressing Chesapeake Bay and watershed problems, and by providing networking opportunities to foster collaboration on shared interests and activities.

Environmental Finance Center at University of North Carolina Exit works to enhance the ability of governments and other organizations to provide environmental programs and services in fair, effective and financially sustainable ways.  They developed a  Rates Analysis Model -an easy-to-use, simplified cash flow model. It allows utilities or local governments to input current water consumption rates, number of accounts, growth rate, average consumption, and expenses in order to compute net profit/losses for multiple years. 

Environmental Support Center (ESC) ExitThe goal of ESC is to improve the quality of the natural environment, human health, and community sustainability by increasing the organizational effectiveness of local, state, and regional organizations working on environmental issues and for environmental justice. ESC offers a variety of training opportunities, loans, and grants to help these organizations become better managed, funded and equipped.

National Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (CWRP) ExitCoastal America's CWRP is a way for environmentally responsible companies to reach out to their communities. It allows private companies to make voluntary donations of funds or in-kind services to a non-profit organization. These funds help support coastal habitat restoration or public education projects selected and endorsed by the Coastal America Regional Implementation Teams.

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