205(j) WQ Management Planning Grant
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: