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Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant (EPG)

Grants to New York Municipalities for Planning and
Engineering Reports to Improve Wastewater Infrastructure

GrantWatch ID#: 172575
Agency Type:

State

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC)

07/28/17

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Grants to New York municipalities to support the preliminary planning and engineering stages of wastewater infrastructure improvement projects in needy communities throughout the state. Successful applicants may use the resulting engineering report to seek further financing through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program or other funding entities to further pursue the identified solution.

Funding can be used by municipalities for the preparation of an engineering report and planning activities to determine the scope of water quality issues, evaluate alternatives, and propose a capital improvement project. In addition, the costs to conduct an environmental review for the recommended alternative in the report are eligible.

Priority will be given to municipalities proposing planning projects that are:

-Required by an executed Order on Consent;
-Required by a draft or final State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit;
-Upgrading or replacing an existing wastewater system;
-Constructing a wastewater treatment and/or collection system for an area with failing onsite septic systems; or
-Identified in a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation plan.

The report must follow EFC’s current Engineering Report Outline. The report must contain a comprehensive analysis of the following alternatives, as applicable:

-No-action alternative (required)
-Green infrastructure in combination with gray infrastructure or individually (required for projects involving stormwater, including stormwater inflow to sewer systems). A justification must be provided if a green infrastructure component is not part of the recommended alternative.
-Repair or replacement versus new construction
-Regional consolidation opportunities
-Centralized versus decentralized (required for new systems), or a combination thereof (small cluster or individual systems)

Any alternatives considered technically infeasible should be identified as such and the rationale briefly discussed.

Smart Growth alternative(s) must be considered and documented in the engineering report.

In accordance with the laws, rules and regulations governing the CWSRF, projects defined in the federal Clean Water Act, Section 212 as treatment works must be publicly-owned.

Types of Grants:

Option 1:
-Population of Municipality: 50,000 or less according to the United States Census, 2015 American Community Survey.
-Type of Planning Project: any wastewater infrastructure-related, including disinfection projects.

Option 2:
-Population of Municipality: Greater than 50,000 according to the United States Census, 2015 American Community Survey.
-Type of Planning Project: any wastewater infrastructure-related, including disinfection projects.

Option 3:
-Population of Municipality: no limit
-Type of Planning Project: Only for wastewater infrastructure inflow and infiltration issues as a result of an Order on Consent or SPDES Permit Compliance Schedule.

$3,000,000

-Option 1: $30,000
-Option 2: $50,000
-Option 3: $100,000

Option 1 and Option 2 Engineering Reports are due within 12 months of grant agreement execution. Option 3 Engineering Reports are due within 18 months of grant agreement execution.

Eligible applicants are Municipalities, defined as follows: Any county, city, town, village, district corporation, county or town improvement district, Indian reservation wholly within New York State, any public benefit corporation or public authority established pursuant to the laws of New York or any agency of New York State which is empowered to construct and operate a project, or any two or more of the foregoing which are acting jointly in connection with a project.

The median household income (MHI) of the municipality must be:

-Equal to or less than $65,000 according to the United States Census, 2015 American Community Survey for municipalities located in REDC regions of Capital District, Southern Tier, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Central NY, Finger Lakes, or Western NY; or

-Equal to or less than $85,000 according to the United States Census, 2015 American Community Survey for municipalities located in REDC regions of Long Island, New York City and Mid-Hudson.

Municipalities may only have two active EPG awards; they are not eligible to have three active awards. An active EPG award means a project that has been awarded funding and awaiting an executed grant agreement or currently has an executed grant agreement with EFC.

Ineligible Activities
-Projects that do not lead to the restoration or protection of a surface waterbody.
-Projects that do not address improvements to a publicly-owned treatment works.
-Projects and scope listed on the 2017 CWSRF Intended Use Plan Annual Project Priority List.
-Design and construction costs for any projects.

All grants require a local match equal to 20 percent of the requested grant amount. The match can include cash and/or in-kind services. Other grants may not be used for local match. The applicant should identify the source of the match at the time that the application is submitted. The grant will provide up to 80 percent of the eligible planning costs.

The deadline to apply is July 28, 2017.

FAQ:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/83186.html

Deadlines and funding opportunities may be found here:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/grants.html

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

NYSDEC
Division of Water
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-3507

518-402-8267
CFAWATER@dec.ny.gov

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