319 Grant Program

319 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 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.

Photo of a woman planting a Kukui Tree.

Planting a Kukui Tree
(Aleurites moluccana)

Priority Watersheds for 319 Funding




    • Ko’olaupoko Watersheds (Includes Windward Oahu Watersheds from Kualoa to Makapuu





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