Drinking Water Supply & Quality

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
Deadline: August 13, 2021.
Who is Eligible

Nonprofits and Federally-recognized Native American tribes.

What it Funds

Projects which promote environmental justice, public health, sustainability, and climate resilience in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards.

When to Apply

Applications are currently being accepted, with a deadline of August 13, 2021.

Available Funds

$1.17 million was awarded in 2020. The maximum grant award for the 2021-2022 funding cycle is $50,000.

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness

28 projects were awarded in 2020.

Groundwater Grant Program – California State Water Resources Control Board
Deadline: September 7, 2021
Who is Eligible

Public agencies, tribes, public utilities, mutual water companies, and nonprofits.

What it Funds

Applications will be accepted for implementation projects only, which prevent and clean up contamination of groundwater that serves (or has served) as a source of drinking water.

When to Apply

Concept Proposals for Round 3 are currently being accepted with a deadline of September 7, 2021.

Available Funds

$70 million remaining for Round 3, including $20 million for DACs and $50 million for non-DACs.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

6 planning projects were approved and 7 implementation progects were approved for Round 2.

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program – U.S. Department of Agriculture
Deadline: Ongoing
Who is Eligible

Public bodies, community-based nonprofits, and federally recognized tribes.

What it Funds

The purchase, construction, and/or improvements to public waste disposal facilities, public water facilities, sanitary sewerage, solid waste disposal, and storm wastewater facilities.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Available Funds

Approximately $2.8 Billion nationwide in direct loans (2018). Approximately $30 million in grants nationwide and $890,000 in grants in California (2019)

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

26 awards were granted in California (2019).

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund: Drinking Water Grants and Loans Program – California State Water Resources Control Board
Deadline: Ongoing
Who is Eligible

Cities, counties, districts, private community water systems, nonprofit or publicly-owned non-community water systems, and community water systems created by the project.

What it Funds

Projects that return public water systems to compliance with drinking water standards, consolidation, water meters, treatment projects, replacement of aging infrastructure.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, ranked, and added quarterly to the Competitive List. The highest-ranked applicants on the Competitive List are added to a Funding List and are awarded funding as it becomes available.

Available Funds

$30-40 million in grants and $40 million in low-interest loans, annually.

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

Although competitive information is unavailable for this program, the majority of projects that fulfill program requirements receive funding.

Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant Program – U.S. Department of Agriculture
Deadline: Ongoing
Who is Eligible

State and local government entities, nonprofits, and Native American tribes.

What it Funds

Construction of water transmission lines, extensions, break or leak repair, maintenance to replenish water supply, and water source, intake, or treatment facilities.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Available Funds

$14.7 million was awarded nationwide and $1.5 million was awarded in California (2019).

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

Although competitive information is unavailable for this program, the majority of projects that fulfill program requirements receive funding.

Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program – California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
Deadline: Ongoing
Who is Eligible

Cities, counties, special districts, assessment districts, JPAs, and nonprofits.

What it Funds

Local streets, highways, drainage, water, sewer, waste, transit, parks, and other public utilities and facilities.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. The ISRF Board considers applications at monthly meetings.

Available Funds

$50,000 – $25 million loans, with terms for the useful life of the project up to a maximum of 30 years.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

This funding program provides loans to qualified applicants on a non-competitive basis.

Site Cleanup Subaccount Program (SCAP) – State Water Resources Control Board
Deadline: Ongoing
Who is Eligible

Applicants with eligible projects.

What it Funds

Projects that remediate the harm or threat of harm to human health, safety, or the environment caused by existing threatened surface water or groundwater contamination.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Available Funds

$19.5 million annually.

Award Size

To be determined

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
Water and Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program – U.S. Department of Agriculture
Deadline: Ongoing
Who is Eligible

Most state and local governmental entities, nonprofits, and federally recognized Native American tribes all in rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less.

What it Funds

Acquisition, construction, or improvement of drinking water sourcing, treatment, storage, and distribution, sewer, solid waste, and storm water collection, transmission, treatment, disposal, and other activities.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Available Funds

Approximately $33 million in loan funding and $10 million in grant funding was available to California applicants in 2019. Award amounts are determined on tier eligibility based on the median household income of the area to be served.

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

Although competitive information is unavailable for this program, the majority of projects that fulfill program requirements receive funding.

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