Who Can Apply for the Grant

Eligible applicants are: state, local governments, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the US, public and private universities, colleges, public or private nonprofit institutions, intertribal consortia, and interstate agencies.

Applicants that are NOT eligible are: individuals, for-profit commercial entities, nonprofit organizations that engage in lobbying activities, and all federal agencies.

Projects should provide an understanding of:
  1. Local water quality issues
  2. Identify and support activities that address these issues at a local level
  3. Engage, educate and empower communities surrounding the urban water body
  4. Benefit surrounding communities including those that have been adversely impacted by the water pollution issues affecting the urban water body
The proposals and programs should address:
  1. Leading to the environmental restoration of an urban water body
  • Water quality restoration
  • Relevance to community priorities
  • Success potential/feasibility
2. Partnerships
  • Partnerships should focus on water quality, environmental justice concerns and other community priorities
3. Benefits to Community
  • Impacts related to water pollution including heath, economic, and environmental conditions
  • How the proposed project will benefit the surrounding communities


The EPA gives the following non-inclusive examples as projects that are eligible for funding:
  • Fostering collaboration and/or coordinate a partnership among diverse stakeholders to develop a study or plan
  • Develop educational programs to provide training and recognition to schools, business, and homeowners on how to implement practices that reduce the amount of water pollution and/or stormwater entering the water body, or to promote low-impact design and/or green infrastructure practices.
  • Map trails and other walkways along water bodies to identify gaps or areas where additional connectivity is needed
  • Establish a baseline monitoring program for routine water quality monitoring and support and/or establish monitoring to identify area of concern and possible places where restoration efforts can be effectively targeted
  • Provide education and training related to preparing community members for anticipated jobs in green infrastructure, water quality restoration, or other water quality improvement projects
The following is a non-inclusive list of examples NOT to be funded by the EPA:
  • Construct community access points such as overlooks, boat launches, and recreation areas
  • Implement stormwater infrastructure improvements, including installation of low-impact development and green infrastructure
  • Carry out community clean-ups
  • Construct habitat for birds and other wildlife along the water body
  • Construct connections between open space to provide corridors for birds and other wildlife
  • Restore stream banks