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Application Period is Closed

Under Section 604(b) of the federal Clean Water Act, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources offers grants sub-awards to assist regional public comprehensive planning organizations and interstate organizations to carry out water quality management planning. Planning activities include determining the nature, extent and causes of point and nonpoint source water pollution problems, and developing plans to resolve these problems. When funds are available, a project solicitation request specifying project scope, length and available funds will be advertised.

Information and Assistance

For questions regarding the sub-award, contact the departments Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300. For questions or issues regarding the online submission process, please contact the program's Budget, Fees and Grants Management Unit at 573-522-9647.

Who Can Apply

Regional Planning Commissions and Regional Councils of Government within Missouri are eligible to apply for this funding. Names and locations can be found on the Missouri Regional Planning Commissions and Councils of Government webpage.

Eligible Projects and Costs

The department prioritizes using Section 604(b) grant funds towards projects that support a number of planning activities, including the following:

  • Identifying the nature, extent and causes of point and nonpoint sources of water pollution
  • Developing or implementing all or part of a Source Water Protection Plan
  • Assisting with Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) compliance through technical assistance
  • Implementing stormwater management programs by:
    • Assisting with data collection and record-keeping
    • Developing policies and procedures
    • Developing a vulnerability assessment and resiliency plan for stormwater and floodplain management
    • Assessing water quality in an at-risk watershed
    • Studying possibilities for wastewater treatment facility consolidation or regionalization
    • Updating an outdated Section 208 Water Quality Management Plan

Projects may be up to two years in length.

Award Amounts and Match

Sub-awards will be between $25,000 and $50,000. There is no match requirement.

Application Process

The application period for Section 604(b) Water Quality Management Planning Grants closed May 15, 2024. When funds are available, a request for proposals will be advertised.

Applicants must submit their application and support documentation through the department's Funding Opportunities Portal. New funding portal users must submit a Funding Opportunities Portal Access Request to establish access and use the portal. When completing the access request form, be sure to select Water Protection as a program of interest for financial assistance. Proposal requirements for the current application period are outlined in the Request for Proposals document.

Request for Proposals

Proposal Timeline

  • April 2, 2024: Request for Proposals announced
  • May 15, 2024: Deadline for submitting proposals
  • July 15, 2024: Department review and scoring of proposals completed and recommendation for funding submitted
  • Sept. 30, 2024: Sub-awards made to the projects selected for funding