319 Grant Program
319(h) Grant Funding Information
319 Projects often include an element of restoration. Pictured above, a volunteer plants a Hau Tree (Hibiscus tiliaceus) while others remove non-native, invasive grasses.
The Polluted Runoff Control (PRC) Program administers grant money it receives from the EPA (through Section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act) to address polluted runoff. Section 319(h) funds support the implementation of polluted runoff control projects on a watershed or waterbody scale. Generally, 319-funded projects implement a component of an existing watershed management plan, total maximum daily load (TMDL), or other work/action plan to address water quality issues. Projects have a reasonable expectation of delivering water quality improvements. Information on previously funded 319 projects can be found at the Hawai’i Water Quality Extension Program.
At a minimum, grant recipients must provide 25% matching funds or in-kind contributions from non-federal sources. To learn more about matching requirements for EPA grants, visit the Code of Federal Regulations EPA 40 CFR Ch.1 (7-1-98 Edition) §31.24: Matching or cost sharing (3pp, 22K).
Planting a Kukui Tree
Submitting a 319(h) Grant Proposal
The PRC Program typically issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) on an annual basis to solicit qualified projects for grant funding. The most recent RFP can be found here: FY15 Clean Water Branch RFP.
State and local entities that are legally considered governmental institutions may be eligible for 319(h) funding outside of the RFP if funds are available.
Contact the PRC Program (CleanWaterBranch@doh.hawaii.gov or 808-586-4309) for more information about submitting grant proposals or to receive copies of the most recent RFPs.
Watersheds Eligible for 319 Funding
The watersheds listed below are eligible for 319 funding. These watersheds have approved watershed-based plans that meet the EPA’s nine minimum requirements for a watershed plan. Consult Hawaii’s Watershed Guidance or the EPA’s Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters for more information on developing watershed-based plans.
- Hanalei Bay Watershed (includes Hanalei, Waikoko, Waipa, and Waioli Watersheds). Hanalei Bay Watershed is also a Land-Based Pollution LAS Priority Watershed
- Nawiliwili Bay Watershed (Includes Puali, Huleia, and Nawiliwili Stream Watersheds)
- Ala Wai Watershed (includes Manoa-Palolo, Makiki, and Ala Wai Watersheds)
- Honouliuli Watershed
- Kapakahi Stream Watershed
- Ko’olaupoko Watersheds (includes windward O’ahu watersheds from Kualoa to Makapu’u)
- Maili’ili Watershed
- West Maui Watersheds (includes watersheds Honokowai, Wahikuli, Kahana, Honokahua and Honolua)
- Pelekane Bay Watershed
PRC Program Resources
- Hawai’i’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan (2015-2020)
- Hawai’i’s Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program
- Previously Funded 319 Projects in Hawai’i
- EPA’s Watershed Plan Builder
- EPA’s Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters
- Code of Federal Regulations – Matching and Cost Sharing