2018 Request for Applications
Water Quality Improvement Fund Grant
We are now accepting applications for Water Quality Improvement Fund grants.
July 30, 2018 (2 p.m. MDT)
Questions regarding the request for application must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
August 17, 2018 (2 p.m. MDT)
The request for application may be accessed on the WQIF grant web page.
The total funding is allocated across project categories as shown:
Category 1 – Stormwater management training and best management practices training to reduce the pollution of state waters. For State SFY 2018-19 the Division will allocate up to $100,000 of available funds to Category 1 with no one project receiving more than $100,000. The funding period will be December 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021.
Category 2 – Projects that improve the water quality in the community or water body which has been impacted by a water quality violation. Category 2 allocation is 10% of available funds following allocation to Category 1 projects (Total Category 2: $90,000). The funding period is anticipated to begin December 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021.
Category 3 – Planning, design, construction, or repair of stormwater projects and domestic wastewater treatment facilities identified on the current fiscal year’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan. Category 3 allocation is 60% of available funds following allocation to Category 1 projects (Total Category 3: $540,000); no one project can receive more than 25% of the available funds allocated to this category. The funding period is anticipated to begin December 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021.
Category 4 – Nonfederal match funding for the current fiscal year’s nonpoint source projects as approved by the Commission. Category 4 allocation is 30% of available funds following allocation to Category 1 projects (Total Category 4: $270,000). A separate RFA will be issued for Category 4 projects at a later date.
About the fund
In 2006 the Colorado General Assembly created the Water Quality Improvement Fund (WQIF) codified in section 25-8-608, C.R.S., of the Colorado Water Quality Control Act (Act) with the purpose of the fund to improve water quality in Colorado by providing grant funds for water quality improvement projects using civil penalties from water quality violations. House Bill 11-1026 amended the statute to authorize grants for stormwater management training and best practices training to prevent or reduce the pollution of state waters. Section 25-8-608(1.7)(c), C.R.S. provides the Water Quality Control Commission with the authority to promulgate, implement and administer this regulation.
The Commission adopted the revised WQIF Rules (5 CCR 1002-55) on June 11, 2012. The Rules provide the eligibility and prioritization criteria that will be used to award grants from the WQIF. Funding is dependent upon annual spending authority from the Colorado General Assembly and is based on violations that were committed on or after May 26, 2006 and penalties paid into the fund.
This RFA, and the resulting projects are 100% funded by cash funds from civil penalties from water quality violations. These funds are utilized by the Water Quality Control Division to support a variety of activities that are necessary to accomplish the requirements of the Clean Water Act.
For state fiscal year 2019, a total of $1,000,000 is available for projects for eligible entities through the WQIF. Eligible entities include governmental agencies; publicly owned water systems; private not-for-profit public water systems; not-for-profit watershed groups; not-for-profit stormwater program administrators in accordance with 25-8-802 C.R.S.; not-for-profit training providers; and private landowners impacted by a water quality violation are eligible to apply for grant funds. There are a variety of eligible projects including stormwater management training; best management practices training; projects that improve the water quality in the community or water body impacted by a water quality violation; and planning, design, construction, or repair of stormwater projects and domestic wastewater treatment facilities.
Entities that pay a Colorado Water Quality Control Act civil penalty are prohibited from receiving a grant from the WQIF for a period of 5 years from the date of the payment of the penalty.
Thank you for your interest.