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Drinking Water Matching Planning Grant

Grants to Delaware Government Agencies
to Plan Water Facility Improvements

GrantWatch ID#: 179209
Agency Type:

State

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) - Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) - Division of Public Health - Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC)

07/14/17

08/23/17 4:30 PM Receipt

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Grants to Delaware local government agencies for feasibility studies and planning activities to improve drinking water facilities. The purpose of this program is to help drinking water facilities carry out studies and identify projects in order to develop applications for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). Priority will be given to Drinking Water planning and studies that identify projects which can be funded by the DWSRF.

Eligible Study Types:

-General Drinking Water Facility Plan
-Long Range Drinking Water Facility Plan
-Regional Drinking Water Facility Plan
-Environmental Information Document
-Environmental Impact Statement
-Asset or Sustainability Management Plan
-Project Plans and Specifications
-Security or Cyber Security Plans
-Water System Modeling using WaterCAD/WaterGEM or similar software products, ie: modeling to solve chronic water system problems such as low water pressure dead end elimination, determining the best place to add supply, transmission or storage, and investigating water production capacity of location for intended well locations

Definitions:

General Drinking Water Facility Plan - Means a document setting forth in text and maps the physical, demographic, and economic conditions of the Drinking Water utility’s service area; and containing policies, statements, goals and planning components for extension of service, maintenance and upgrades of existing and future facilities for a portion of a community or service area or for technical plans for upgrading or expanding collection, transmission, treatment, disposal, and/or residuals management facilities. The planning area may include all or a portion of the Drinking Water utility’s planning area.

Long Range Drinking Water Facility Plan - Means a document setting forth in text and maps the physical, demographic, and economic conditions of the Drinking Water utility’s service area; and containing policies, statements, goals and planning components for extension of service, maintenance and upgrades of existing and future facilities for an individual community or service area.

Regional Drinking Water Facility Plan - Means a document setting forth in text and maps the physical, demographic, and economic conditions of the Drinking Water utility’s service area; and containing policies, statements, goals and planning components for extension of service, maintenance and upgrades of existing and future facilities for multiple communities or service areas.

Environmental Information Document - Means the document that discusses the proposed project and its possible environmental impacts. The Environmental Information Document may be a separate section in the project technical report, or it may be a stand-alone document for public involvement requirements. See the Environmental Information Document Guidelines included in the DWSRF Governmental Funding Application.

Environmental Impact Statement - Means a thoroughly scoped document prepared to describe the effects of a project on the environment. Public participation is integral to the Environmental Impact Statement. Please contact the DWSRF Program for more information.

Asset or Sustainability Management Plan - Means a plan that provides the methods of managing Drinking Water utilities so they function to an acceptable level of service at the lowest life-cycle cost. Acceptable Drinking Water Matching Planning Grant studies for asset or sustainability management plans include creating or updating asset management or sustainability management plans, hydraulic Drinking Water models, and compiling utility information. Due to the variety of qualifying asset management studies, please contact the DWSRF Program for an eligibility determination of the study type.

Project Plans and Specifications - Means plans and specifications for a Drinking Water project. To qualify for a Drinking Water Matching Planning Grant, a project must be on the DWSRF Project Priority List.

Drinking Water Matching Planning Grants are limited to $300,000 per calendar year, January 1 to December 31. The annual limit can be from one or multiple planning grants.

Only municipal and county Drinking Water utilities are eligible to obtain a Drinking Water Matching Planning Grant.

DNREC’s Office of the Secretary, Environmental Finance, and DHSS Division of Public Health, Office of Drinking Water, will host a public workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 14.

Workshop participants will learn about the following CWSRF and DWSRF program changes and infrastructure financing tools:

- One-stop loan application process for Wastewater and Drinking Water Infrastructure Project Assistance
- CWSRF and DWSRF program loan interest rates (currently 2.0 percent)
Land Conservation and Water Quality Improvement Loan sponsorship programs
- Source Water Protection Loans for drinking water supplies
- Wastewater, Drinking Water, and Stormwater Facilities Matching Planning Grants
- Community Water Quality Improvement Grants
- Asset Management Plan Development Incentives
- Project planning advances
- Expanded eligibilities for privately owned businesses

In addition, detailed information will be presented regarding how and when to submit projects for funding consideration, project ranking criteria, project construction requirements, and how to apply for infrastructure planning grants.

Kent County Administrative Complex
555 South Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901

Please RSVP for the workshop by contacting Laura Rafferty (see Contact Information below).

See here for information on the workshop: http://news.delaware.gov/2017/07/07/dnrec-dhss-host-july-14-public-workshop-clean-water-drinking-water-state-revolving-loan-fund/

To view slides from the previous informational workshop, please see the attachment below.

Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Grants will be allotted each year until the allocation is exhausted.

Drinking Water Matching Planning Grant recipients will be reimbursed one dollar for every two spent on the approved project up to the grant amount. Reimbursement occurs only on expenses that are incurred and paid by the grant recipient.

Matching funds can come directly from the recipient or from other sources such as another grant. If matching funds are to come from other sources, please check with the Division of Public Health as some sources, due to stipulations attached with the money, may not be eligible.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of a particular study, please contact the Division of Public Health for an eligibility determination.

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

Proposals should be submitted to:

Heather Warren, DHSS’ Division of Public Health
Email: Heather.Warren@state.de.us
Phone: 302-744-4739

Greg Pope, Environmental Finance
Phone: 302-739-9941
Email: Greg.Pope@state.de.us

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USA: Delaware

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