Wastewater Management

Clean Water State Revolving Fund – California State Water Resources Control Board
Who is Eligible

Public agencies, nonprofits, private entities, federally recognized tribes or state tribes (must have jurisdiction over disposal of sewage, industrial wastes, or other waste).

What it Funds

Planning, design, and/or construction of publicly-owned facilities and the planning, design, and/or implementation of projects, programs, or plans that manage nonpoint source water pollution or estuaries.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Available Funds

Average $570 million/year.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

23 out of 89 proposals funded (2017).

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program – U.S. Department of Agriculture
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, including sanitary sewerage, solid waste disposal, and storm wastewater facilities.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Available Funds

Approximately $41.8 million in direct loans and $12.65 million in grants (2017).

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

20 out of 93 proposals funded (2014).

Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program – California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
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.

Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Implementation Grant Program – California Department of Water Resources
Who is Eligible

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

What it Funds

Projects which assist water infrastructure systems’ adapt to climate change, incentives to promote collaboration across watersheds to facilitate better management of regional water resources and make infrastructure improvements, and improve regional water self-reliance.

When to Apply

The most recent funding round closed in April 2019.

Available Funds

$194 million (2019).

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

27 out of 38 proposals funded (2015).

Small Community Wastewater Grants & Loans – California State Water Resources Control Board
Who is Eligible

Public agencies, nonprofits, Native American tribes with a population of less than 20,000.

What it Funds

Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) eligible wastewater projects, planning, design, construction of publicly-owned wastewater conveyance, treatment, and disposal facilities, feasibility/engineering studies, environmental studies, rate studies.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Available Funds

$711 million (2018/2023).

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

15 out of 48 proposals funded (2017).

State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for Non-Entitlement Jurisdictions – California Department of Housing and Community Development
Who is Eligible

Small and rural jurisdictions.

What it Funds

Grants can be used to fund public infrastructure (e.g., roads, sidewalks, water, sewer, other).

When to Apply

The most recent funding cycle closed in February 2019.

Available Funds

$29.6 million (2019).

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

62 projects funded in 2016.

Water and Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program – U.S. Department of Agriculture
Who is Eligible

Most state and local government entities, nonprofits, and federally recognized Native American tribes that serve rural areas and towns with a population of 10,000 or less, tribal lands in rural areas, and colonias.

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

$8.2 million in loans and $5.65 million in grants to California (2018).

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

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

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