319 Grant Program
319 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 Program administers grant money it receives from the EPA through Section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act to address Hawai`i’s polluted runoff. Generally, projects must include activities related to polluted runoff control—as outlined in the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Management Plan (June 1996) and Hawai`i’s Implementation Plan for Polluted Runoff Control (July 2000)—within the priority watersheds. Proposals may include all watersheds or focus on particular subwatersheds. For guidance on how to write a proposal, visit EPA’s Tips on Writing a Grant Proposal page.
Proposed projects should include implementation of a component of an existing watershed management plan, total maximum daily load (TMDL), or other work/action plan to address water quality issues. Projects should have a reasonable expectation of delivering water quality improvements. For further guidance on the preferred content of a watershed plan, visit EPA’s Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters.
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). Information on previously funded 319 projects can be found at the Hawai`i Water Quality Extension Program.
Submitting a 319 Grant Proposal
The Polluted Runoff Control Program typically issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) on an annual basis to solicit qualified projects for grant funding. Attached is RFP No. CWB-PRC 14-01.
Section 319(h) funds support the implementation of larger or multiple polluted runoff control projects on a watershed or waterbody scale, instead of supporting small polluted runoff control demonstration projects.
State and local entities that are legally considered to be a governmental institution may be eligible for 319(h) funding outside of the RFP if funds are available.
Contact the Polluted Runoff Control Program (CleanWaterBranch@doh.hawaii.gov or 808-586-4309) for more information about submitting grant proposals or to receive copies of the most recent RFP.
Planting a Kukui Tree
Priority Watersheds for 319 Funding
- 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)
- Ko’olaupoko Watersheds (Includes Windward Oahu Watersheds from Kualoa to Makapuu
- West Maui Watershed (Includes watersheds from Launiupoko to Honolua.)
- Pelekane Bay Watershed
- Previously Funded 319 Projects in Hawai`i
- Code of Federal Regulations – Matching and Cost Sharing
- EPA’s Watershed Plan Builder
- EPA’s Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters
- Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Management Plan (June 1996)
- Implementation Plan for Polluted Runoff Control (July 2000)
- EPA National Stormwater Calculator