Watershed Pilot Program

WVDEP’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program recently awarded  a total of $90,000 to three watershed groups (WGs) for staff support.  The program known as the Watershed Pilot Project (WPP) is intented to assist in managing and implementing 319 projects and improve oganization sustainability. The organizations chosen for the initial round of WPP funding was Coal River Group, Morris Creek Watershed Association and Piney Creek Watershed Association. In order to be considered WG’s must completed an application and meet program criteria. 

Piney Creek Watershed Association groundbreaking ceremony during EPAs 2016 319-project tour.

It is the responsibility of the WG to manage all financial (i.e. paychecks, taxes etc.) and personnel aspects of WPP staff.
 
Initial funding expires 06/30/18; however, additional funding may be available in future, and if so, new WPP application will be accepted. A position description example is provided and may be used by the WG to solicit staff.  The online form/documents are for the application process only; a workplan and budget must be submitted seperately if the organization is chosen to recieve WPP funding. 
 
Applications/Position description 

     WPP application (PDF) - WPP application (Word)
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Position description (Word) - Position description (PDF) 

Reporting requirements 
The purpose of ANY grant report is to describe the activities undertaken and account for the use of grant funds.  Reports must be complete so that the grantee, as well as the funder, is able to evaluate progress and performance. Montly progress reports are required, but you may choose to submit them more frequently.  Click-Here to learn more about reporting requirements, and HERE to read the most recent annual reports.
Financial accountability
Appropriate financial accounting is required when submitting request for funds (reimbursement requests).  Payments will be provided only when the form is completed correctly and the expenses are fully justified.  Information on financial accountability is included in the reporting link above. 
 
Resources 
  1. NPS Management Plan 
  2. Watershed based plans
  3. Total Maximum Daily Load documents
  4. Watershed Project Implementation Guide
  5. Grantsmanship Center
  6. Grantspace training center
  7. SMART objectives - Helpful tips
  8. USEPA Environmental Education grants
Note: When you attempt to download the Word files a pop-up box will appear requesting credentials; just cancel until it disappears. 
  

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