Grant Program Guides

Grant and Loan Programs: Opportunities for Watershed Protection, Planning and Implementation

Section 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grants Program

This grant program is authorized under Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act for implementation projects that address the prevention, control, and abatement of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. In general, eligible projects must: implement measures that address the prevention, control, and abatement of NPS pollution; target the major source(s) of nonpoint source pollution within a watershed/subwatershed; contain an appropriate method for evaluating the project results; and must address activities that are identified in the Massachusetts NPS Management Plan. Proposals may be submitted by any interested Massachusetts public or private organization. To be eligible to receive funding, a 40% non-federal match is required from the grantee.

The Request for Responses for s. 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grants for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 was posted on April 1, 2015. Selected projects were announced on October 21, 2015. Here is a printable list of recommended projects: 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grants Project Recommendations  doc format of 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grants Projects

The RFR for FFY 2017 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Projects is anticipated to be announced on or about April 1, 2016.

MassDEP is seeking uncompensated volunteers to participate in Demonstration Projects to help develop the Massachusetts Watershed-based planning tool. A total of 9 watersheds and 3 NPDES/MS4 areas will be selected for Demonstration Projects. For more information, please read: Projects to Demonstrate the Massachusetts Watershed-based Plan Approach for Watersheds and NPDES regulated areas: Invitation for Responses  doc format of Invitation for Responses for 319 NPS Grant Projects
or contact Jane Peirce,

Tools for developing 319 proposals

Nonpoint Source Reports

  • Final Massachusetts Year 2012 Integrated List of Waters (CWA Sections 303d and 305b)  pdf format of Final 2012 Integrated List of Waters
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    Listing of waterbodies in Massachusetts that are not expected to meet surface water quality standards (their capacity to support designated uses such as fishing, recreation, drinking water supply, or aquatic life support) and require the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load to establish pollution controls and corrective measures.

  • The Clean Water Toolkit - February 2006

    Also known as the Massachusetts Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Manual, the Toolkit is in interactive electronic PDF format. It includes information about nonpoint source pollution, a selector tool for choosing appropriate best management practices by criteria and alphabetically, and instructions. The Toolkit is accessible on the Web or as a CD ROM.

  • Determining MS4 Status of the Project Area

    Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grants may only be used for work that is not required by NPDES stormwater permits.

Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plan

604b Grant Program Water Quality Management Planning

This grant program is authorized under the federal Clean Water Act Section 604(b) for water quality assessment and management planning. Eligible entities include: regional planning agencies, councils of governments, conservation districts, counties, cities and towns, and other substate public planning agencies and interstate agencies. No local match is required.

FFY2015 604b Grant Round

604b Grant Program Resources

Indicative Project Summaries

Section 319 Project summaries from past years

Water Conservation Grant Project Summaries from past years