Targeted Watersheds Grants


To support innovative, community-based watershed approaches aimed at preventing, reducing, or eliminating water pollution. The Targeted Watersheds Grant Program provides resources in the form of grants or cooperative agreements to support watershed organizations in their efforts to expand and improve existing water protection measures. In separate competitive announcements funds are awarded to assist watershed partnerships comprised of State, Tribal, local, and interstate agencies, and public or nonprofit organizations in developing, implementing, and demonstrating: 1) on-the-ground projects to improve or maintain water quality; and 2) organizational and technical capacity building projects to prime organizations to be in a position to implement on-the-ground watershed projects.
Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015: To build upon the existing activities of watershed organizations to engage communities in capacity building activities to foster an increased connection, understanding, and ownership of their waters.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Water
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Not applicable as no funding will be provided in FY 14. Fiscal Year 2015: Not applicable as no funding will be provided in FY 15. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Consolidated Appropriations Act 2005, Public Law 108-447; Dept. of Interior, Environmental and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006, Public Law 109-54; Continuing Appropriations Resolution 2007, Public Law 110-5; Consolidated Appropriations Act 2008, Public Law 110-161.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, local governments, public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and interstate agencies are eligible. For-profit commercial entities and all federal agencies are ineligible. Nonprofit organizations described in Section 501 (c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Anyone/General Public.
2 CFR 200, Subpart E applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants will be required to submit a formal grant application. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable must be used for this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mail Code 3903R, Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through

Award Procedure
For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Regional or Headquarters review will typically be completed within approximately 120 - 150 days following the deadline for submissions.
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are used to support both on-the-ground and educational activities relating to the prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. Funds are awarded to eligible entities that best meet the selection criteria described in the Request for Proposals. Successful candidates will have a thorough knowledge of their watershed, have a watershed management plan in place, propose a specific project to address identified problems or barriers to water quality, demonstrate broad-based support from a number of public and private entities, and have a demonstrated record of managing watershed project(s). Eligible activities should be able to show tangible outputs and outcomes within a relatively short time period of two to five years. For implementation grants, candidates must also have a specific water quality monitoring and evaluation plan demonstrating measurable environmental outputs and outcomes, and a strong peer and/or public outreach and education component. EPA has chosen to declare certain projects or activities ineligible for funding. These include activities required or regulated under the CWA. For example, activities for the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and Phase II Stormwater projects will not be funded. Activities implementing the non-regulatory component of TMDLs (e.g., the elements of a watershed plan that address non-point source pollution), however, are eligible. Specific uses and restrictions on funds will be described in detail in the competitive announcements. Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements. Agreements may require quarterly, interim, and final progress reports, and expenditure/financial, equipment, and invention reports. Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the grant regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable. Program reports are required under this program. Cash reports are required under this program. Progress reports are required under this program. Expenditure reports are required under this program. Performance monitoring is required under this program.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each grant must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until expiration of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula. Applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum non-federal match of 25% of the total cost of the project or projects. Match may be cash or in-kind consistent with the regulation governing match requirements (2 CFR 200 and 1500). Tribes and tribal watershed groups may be exempt from this match requirement if they are constrained to such an extent that fulfilling the match requirement would impose undue economic hardship.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The term of the grant shall be determined at the time of grant award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed below:

Contact the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed below.

Region I: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire; Contact: Rob Adler telephone 617-918-1396; e-mail

Region II: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands; Contact: Cyndy Kopitsky, telephone 212-637-3832; e-mail

Region III: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, DC; Contact: Contact: Ralph Spagnolo, telephone 215-814-2718; e-mail

Region IV: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee; Contact: Maryjo Bragan, telephone 404-562-9275; e-mail bragan,

Region V: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin; Contact: Paul Thomas, telephone 312-886-7742; e-mail

Region VI: Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico; Contact: Brad Lamb, telephone 214-665-6683; e-mail

Region VII: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska; Contact: Mandy Whitsitt, telephone 913-551-7311; e-mail

Region VIII: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming; Contact: Stacey Eriksen, telephone 303-312-6692, e-mail .

Region IX: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Mariana Islands, Guam; Contact: Ephraim Leon-Guererro, telephone 415-972-3444; e-mail

Region X: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington; Contact: Bevin Horn, telephone 206-553-1566; e-mail
Headquarters Office
Felicia Palmer-Greene Felicia Palmer-Greene, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, U.S. EPA, MC 4501T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington DC, 20460. Telephone: (202) 564-5382. FAX: (202) 566-1326. E-mail: Palmer , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: Phone: 202-564-5382
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - National Targeted Watersheds Grants Program: FY 14 $0; FY 15 est. $0; and FY 16 est. $0. Western Estuaries Initiative: FY 14 $0; FY 15 est. $0; and FY 16 est. $0. Targeted Watersheds Urban Waters Initiative: FY 14 $0; FY 15 est. $0; FY 16 est. $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
National Targeted Watersheds Grant Program: $400,000 to $900,000/fiscal year; $650,000/fiscal year.

Western Estuaries Initiative: $90,000 to $280,000/fiscal year; $185,000/fiscal year.

Targeted Watersheds Urban Waters Initiative: $600,000/fiscal year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
For grants and cooperative agreements the procedures and requirements should be in conformance with 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, and 40 CFR Part 35.

Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Not applicable as no funding will be provided in FY 14. Fiscal Year 2015: Not applicable as no funding will be provided in FY 15. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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