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Baseline Water Quality Data Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and IHEs for Groundwater Sampling and Analysis

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Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Deadline Date:

05/31/18 Receipt


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Grants to Pennsylvania local governments, nonprofits, for-profit businesses, IHEs, and watershed organizations for the establishment of water quality data in private water supplies throughout the state. Eligible projects will use accepted scientific practices and principles for water sample collection and analysis to document existing groundwater quality conditions on private water supplies.

Funds may be used by the applicant to pay for any of the following project costs:
1. Collection, monitoring, sampling water quality data on private water supplies.
2. Evaluation, interpretation, and analysis of collected data and the preparation of final reports.
Ineligible costs include but are not limited to public relations, outreach communications, lobbying, litigation, fees for securing other financing, interest on borrowed funds, application preparation fees and other costs incurred prior to the approval of grant funds.

Specific Collection Requirements:
1. Private well sampling will require permission from the property owner.
2. The scope of work must be written by a licensed professional geologist with expertise in hydrogeology. The scope of work should include a description of the sampling protocol, a list of field parameters and analyses, identification of the lab being used for the project, and plans for data reporting, interpretation and storage.
3. Water quality data should include the parameters contained in DEP’s Recommended Basic Oil and Gas Pre-drill Parameters list.
4. Sample collection and testing procedures must follow accepted standard practices. All samples shall be analyzed by a PA-accredited laboratory using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved/accepted drinking water methods.
5. Attribute data, such as well depth, casing length, date of construction, and estimated yield, shall also be collected and recorded, if known by the private well owner.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142694

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants shall not exceed $250,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any of the following entities may apply for a grant under the Baseline Water Quality Data Program (BWQDP):

1. Municipality – Any county, city, borough, incorporated town, township or home rule municipality.

2. Councils of Governments – An entity organized by units of local government under an intergovernmental agreement, which provides cooperative planning, coordination and technical assistance to its member governments on issues of mutual concern that cross jurisdictional lines, and which does not act under the direction and control of any single member government.

3. Authorized Organization – An entity involved in research, restoration, rehabilitation, planning, acquisition, development, education or other activities, which furthers the protection, enhancement, conservation, preservation or enjoyment of this commonwealth's environmental, conservation, recreation or similar resources. The organization must be a tax-exempt institution under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Public Law 99-514, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c) (3)) and registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations or an educational institution involved in these authorized activities or a municipal authority.

4. Institution of Higher Education – An entity that is an accredited university, college, seminary college, community college or two-year college.

5. Watershed Organization – An entity recognized by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) or the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that was established to promote local watershed conservation efforts in an identified watershed.

6. For Profit Businesses – other than “producers” of natural gas as defined in Act 13.

Pre-Application Information:

For this grant program, a 15% cash match of the total project cost is required. Eligible match contributions will be permitted for up to one year prior to the grant submittal deadline date through the life of the grant agreement as long as the eligible match expenditures are directly related to the project.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority charges a $100 non-refundable application fee for grant applications. The application fee is due at the time of submission and should be made payable to the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

Applications will be accepted between February 1st and May 31st of each year. All applications and required supplemental information must be received by May 31st.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

PA Department of Community and Economic Development
Office of Business Financing – CFA Programs Division
Baseline Water Quality Data Program
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

P: (717) 787-6245
F (717) 772-3581

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USA: Pennsylvania