205(j) WQ Management Planning Grant

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Through the Section 205(j) Grant program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides states with funding to do water quality planning. North Carolina typically receives around $150,000 for competitive funding of water quality planning projects. These projects can involve identifying the nature, extent and cause of water quality problems or doing planning work to address those problems. Projects can include but are not limited to the development of EPA 9-Element Watershed Restoration Plans for a 12-digit or smaller USGS HUC, mapping stormwater infrastructure, conducting engineering designs for stormwater best management practices, and watershed assessments of pollutant sources.

205(j) grants are eligible to regional Councils of Government; COGs may partner with any public sector organization to implement projects. A match is preferred, but not required. Once contracted, projects can run for a maximum of 18 months. Funds are dispersed on a quarterly reimbursement basis, with any invoice to be accompanied by a report of the work performed. The request for proposals is released annually in summer and projects are selected in fall.


  2022 205j Timetable for Grant Applications
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 205(j) grant RFP opens
Monday, October 3, 2022 Deadline for proposals; must be received electronically by midnight
Friday, October 21, 2022 Applicants will receive review team’s questions about their proposals
Thursday, October 27, 2022 Deadline for applicants to answer review team’s questions
Monday, November 7, 2022 Applicants notified if selected for funding. Move forward with contracting.
Friday, November 11, 2022 Deadline for selected applicants to return completed contracting forms to 205(j) grant manager, to enable contracts to be developed on time.
Sunday, January 1, 2023 Contracts executed, projects may start. (Estimated depending on time for contract preparation.)

2022 205(j) Grant Request for Proposals
2022 205(j) Grant Application
2022 205(j) Grant Review Criteria

PIs for funded projects must submit a quarterly report detailing work performed along with any invoice to be reimbursed. If no work is completed in a quarter, no report is required. Project PIs should use the following report and invoice templates:

Quarterly Report Template 
Invoice Template 

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