Wastewater Management

*NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS* 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

Applications are being accepted for the Multifamily Housing, Housing Infrastructure, and Community Development OTC Project until September 30, 2020, however, the program is currently oversubscribed.

Available Funds

$29.6 million (2019).

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and are not competitively scored. 29 out of 80 projects funded (2018).

*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* 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 and added quarterly to the Competitive List.

Available Funds

Average $570 million/year. The program has significant financial assets, and is capable of financing projects through grants and loans 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).

*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* 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 $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).

*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* 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.

*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* 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).

*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* 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

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

Competitiveness

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

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
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

The most recent application period closed in April 2020

Available Funds

$1.17 million was awarded in 2020. The maximum grant award is $50,000.

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness

28 projects were awarded in 2020.

Infill Infrastructure Grant Program for Large Jurisdictions – California Department of Housing and Community Development
Who is Eligible

Cities and/or counties of over 250,000 that have jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Area. Nonprofit or a for-profit developer of a Qualifying Infill Project applying jointly with a city and/or county that has jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Project.

What it Funds

Construction of new infill development and rehabilitation of infrastructure that supports higher-density affordable and mixed-income housing including but not limited to active transportation, parks and open space, stormwater, street repair, transit, and water-related improvements.

When to Apply

The most recent application cycle closed in March 2020. The next round of funding is expected to be announced in November 2020.

Available Funds

$194 million available for Round 6 (2020). For Qualifying Infill Projects, the minimum grant award is $1 million ($500,000 for rural areas) with a maximum of $7.5 million. For Qualifying Infill Areas with over 200 units, the minimum grant award is $2 million ($1 million for rural areas). Only one application for each Capital Improvement Project will be funded per funding round.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

40 proposals funded in Round 6 (FY 2019/2020).

Infill Infrastructure Grant Program for Small Jurisdictions – California Department of Housing and Community Development
Who is Eligible

Cities and/or counties of under 250,000 that have jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Area. Nonprofit or a for-profit developer of a Qualifying Infill Project applying jointly with a city and/or county that has jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Project.

What it Funds

Construction of new infill development and rehabilitation of infrastructure that supports higher-density affordable and mixed-income housing including but not limited to active transportation, parks and open space, stormwater, street repair, transit, and water-related improvements.

When to Apply

Applications were accepted on an over-the-counter basis as of March 2020, however, all funds have been exhausted.

Available Funds

$85 million available for Round 6 (2020). For Qualifying Infill Projects, the minimum grant award is $1 million ($500,000 for rural areas) with a maximum of $7.5 million. For Qualifying Infill Areas with over 200 units, the minimum grant award is $2 million ($1 million for rural areas). Only one application for each Capital Improvement Project will be funded per funding round.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

21 proposals funded in Round 6 (FY 2019/2020)

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

Due dates for final applications for each funding cycle vary regionally. Applications for Round 1 were due between September and December 2019.

Available Funds

Approximately $403 million is available for multple rounds. $222 million was available for Round 1.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

254 out of 262 proposals funded (2019).

Stormwater Implementation Grant Program – State Water Resources Control Board
Who is Eligible

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

What it Funds

Infrastructure projects that respond to climate change and contribute to regional water security (i.e., infiltrate, filter, store, evaporate, treat or retain stormwater or dryweather runoff) and that are included in a Stormwater Resource Plan (SWRP) submitted to an Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Region.

When to Apply

The most recent application cycle closed on July 2, 2020 (Implementation Round 2).

Available Funds

$100 million available for Round 2 (2020).

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

27 out of 84 proposals funded for Round 1 Implementation Grants (2016).

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