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Community Water Enrichment Fund (CWEF)

Grants to Louisiana Municipalities and Parishes in Eligible Areas
for Projects that Rehabilitate Local Water Systems

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Louisiana Division of Administration - Office of Community Development (OCD)

Deadline Date:

11/30/18 4:30 PM Hand Delivery or Postmarked by Date

Description:

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Grants to Louisiana municipalities and parishes in eligible areas for projects that improve or reconstruct water systems in order to supply clean drinking water to the community. Funding is intended for construction, rehabilitation, and improvements to community water systems and for associated engineering expenses.

The following HUD entitlement cities are not eligible for funding: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Kenner, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, and Shreveport.

Ratings will be based on the following criteria:
1. Does the proposed project serve the maximum percentage of citizens in the jurisdiction?
2. Does the proposed project improve the health, safety, living conditions, and quality of life of the community?
3. Does the proposed project improve the economic conditions of the area?
4. Is the project cost reasonable/effective?
5. Will CWEF funds be used to match other local, state or federal funds?

Emergency Set-Aside:
$500,000 has been set-aside for projects determined to be of an emergency nature that affects the health and safety of residents of an area. A unit of local government may receive an emergency grant only once during the fiscal year under this category. The emergency situation must have occurred within 3 months of application submission. Emergency applications will be accepted until all emergency set-aside funds have been expended. Local governments interested in applying for these funds should first contact OCD to discuss the proposed project. If it is determined by OCD that the proposed project meets the intent of the program, the local government will be invited to submit an application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184656

Estimated Size of Grant:

Villages (1-999) are eligible to apply for up to $25,000. Towns (1,000-4,999) are eligible to apply for up to $35,000. Cities (5,000-35,000) are eligible to apply for up to $50,000. Parishes up to $100,000. (If a parish’s incorporated communities’ combined maximum ceiling amounts are less than the allocation for the entire parish area, the parish can then apply for more than $100,000.) For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the maximum allocation amount available per parish is $79,200.

The ceiling amount for an individual emergency grant is $300,000.

Term of Contract:

By acceptance of this grant, the LGA acknowledges that any CWEF grant will not be open beyond three years from the effective date of the signed contract.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All municipalities and parishes in Louisiana are eligible to apply for funding with the exception of the following HUD entitlement cities: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Kenner, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, and Shreveport.

- Parishes may apply for projects that serve a parish-wide area or an unincorporated area of the parish.

- Engineering costs may be 10% of grant award if associated with construction and 13% of grant award if associated with construction and requires inspections.

Ineligible Activities:

Previously incurred debt, improvements to private property, on-going salaries, overtime for government employees, administration, engineering-only or planning-only projects are not eligible activities under this program. Generators, and Fire Hydrants-only will also be ineligible. Fire Hydrants are eligible if included within a water line rehabilitation or extension project.

Local governments are only allowed to have two open CWEF grants.

Private for-profit water systems are not eligible for funding. Only project related materials will be reimbursed. The CWEF will pay for contract labor only.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submittal of applications for the FY 2018-2019 allocation is November 30, 2018. If hand delivered, the application must be received by the Office of Community Development by 4:30 p.m. on November 30, 2018. If mailed, the postmark must be stamped no later than the deadline date.

Emergency Requests:

Emergency applications will be accepted until all emergency set-aside funds have been expended. Local governments interested in applying for these funds should first contact OCD to discuss the proposed project. If it is determined by OCD that the proposed project meets the intent of the program, the local government will be invited to submit an application.

Applications and Forms:
https://www.doa.la.gov/Pages/ocd/LGAP/lgap_cwef_applications_and_forms.aspx

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be submitted to the following mailing address:

Division of Administration
Office of Community Development
P.O. Box 94095
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9095

Physical Address for hand-deliveries:

Division of Administration
Office of Community Development
Claiborne Building., Suite. 3-150
1201 N. Third Street​
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

If you have any questions, please call Forest Hodges or Mitch McDaniel at 225/342-7412.

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