||EPA assists states, tribes, and local governments to protect and improve wetlands within their jurisdictions by awarding monetary grants under section 104(b)(3) of the Clean Water Act. WPDGs assist state, tribal, local government agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in building state/tribal/local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to build state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to build local (e.g. county or municipal) programs. All proposals submitted under this RFP must be for projects that build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs. Wetland programs should include one or more of the following elements: monitoring and assessment, wetland regulation, voluntary restoration and protection, and establishing water quality standards for wetlands. Implementation of wetland protection programs is not an eligible project under this announcement.
This year Region 9 will conduct a biennial WPDG solicitation for multiple year funding. This means grant solicitation will go out ONCE every TWO years instead of once a year as it has been in the past. The FY15 WPDG solicitation will cover FY15 and FY16 and the next WPDG solicitation will take place in FY17, covering FY17 and FY18. ALL grant applications must be submitted through the www.grants.gov website unless a waiver is obtained. The entire process can take up to 30 days to complete!