319 Grant Program

319(h) Grant Funding Information

Photo of a group planting a Hau Tree and removing non-native, invasive grasses.

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).

Photo of a woman planting a Kukui Tree.

Planting a Kukui Tree
(Aleurites moluccana)

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. Attached is RFP No. CWB-PRC 14-01 Addendum 1.

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.

2014 Ma’ili’ili RFP

Attached is RFP No. CWB-PRC 14-02 Ma’ili’ili, to solicit projects arising from a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) settlement agreement between the State Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch and the City and County of Honolulu. Proposals from this RFP shall be located in the Ma’ili’ili Watershed only. The conditions for this SEP-funded RFP differ from the Polluted Runoff Control Program’s annual 319(h)-funded RFP, so please pay careful attention to each specific RFP’s requirements and deadlines.

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.







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