Wastewater Management

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.

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

Cities, towns, districts, or other public bodies, nonprofits, federally recognized tribes or state tribes (must have jurisdiction over disposal of sewage, industrial wastes, or other waste).

What it Funds

Construction of publicly-owned treatment facilities such as wastewater treatment, local sewers, sewer interceptors, water reclamation and distribution, stormwater treatment, combined sewers, or landfill leachate treatment. Implementation of nonpoint source pollution in agriculture, forestry, urban areas, marinas, hydromodfication, and wetlands.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and added quarterly to the Competitive List.

Available Funds

An average of $586 million is available on an annual basis. The program has significant financial assets and is capable of financing projects through grants and loans ranging from less than $1 million to more than $100 million.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

36 out of 109 proposals funded (2018).

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).

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.

Small Community Wastewater Grants & Loans – California State Water Resources Control Board
Deadline: Ongoing
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

$8 million is available annually (Prop 1).

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

15 out of 48 proposals funded (2017).

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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