Planning, Design and Engineering Grants

 

Planning grants

The intent of the planning grant is to assist DWRF applicants with costs associated with complying with program requirements such as project needs assessment, technical, managerial and financial reviews, environmental assessments, energy audits, and the legal and accounting fees that may be associated with the formation of a governmental entity. Both governmental agencies and private nonprofit public water systems are eligible to apply for and receive planning grants. 

Planning grants are only intended to assist entities that expect to come through the SRF program for loan funding.  One planning grant in the amount of up to $10,000 may be awarded per entity; per project.  The following criteria will be used to determine eligibility for a planning grant. 

  • Up to $10,000 per project
  • Eligible projects:
    • Qualify as a Disadvantaged Community
    • On Eligibility list or being added
    • Planning grant invoices will be paid at no more than an 80:20 ratio to meet the 20% match requirement.
    • Planning grant terms will be for no more than one year unless otherwise approved by the authority board or executive director.
  • Requires completed prequalification form and pre-application meeting
 
 
Design and Engineer grants
 
The authority board has approved the use of additional subsidy for FFY18 to subsidize design/engineering activities on an individual project basis. The amount for design/engineering grants was set by the authority board in an amount not to exceed $300,000.  Private nonprofit public water systems are not currently eligible for design/engineering grants.  The following criteria will be used to determine eligibility of a 
design/engineering grant: 
  • Up to $300,000
  • Eligible projects:
    • Project has submitted a project needs assessment that includes the technical, managerial and financial (TMF) capacity, and an environmental determination for the project.
    • On Eligibility list or being added
    • Project is a governmental entity (per authority board action 8/20/2015)
    • Qualify as a Disadvantaged Community
    • Design grant invoices will be paid at no more than an 80:20 ratio to meet the 20% match requirement
    • The 20% match requirement may be reimbursed upon execution of the SRF loan
    • Grant size based on project type and expense