Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant

Funding to help complete your engineering planning
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Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant
About this grant
Engineering Planning Grants help fund the development of an engineering report

Engineering reports are required in the EFC financing application process. Grants are available to help municipalities jump start their work early on with funding for initial planning, so they can be better prepared to seek financing to help them complete their wastewater, sewer and water quality projects.  

Grants of up to $100,000 are available to municipalities to help fund an engineering report. Up to $3 million has been made available for this round of grant funding. 

In order to be considered for EPG funding, applicants must complete a Consolidated Funding Application. Applicants will be evaluated based upon the criteria is available below.

A municipality may submit only one application per project. If a municipality submits multiple applications for separate projects, they must prioritize the applications. Please note, a municipality may only have two active EPG awards.

Local match is required

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

Eligibility
Eligible Applicants

Municipalities with median household income requirements

 

Municipalities may have no more than two active EPG awards at the same time

Eligible Activities

The preparation of an engineering report

 

Conducting an environmental review

Engineering Report Outline
EFC provides an engineering report outline to provide guidance on the requirements of an acceptable engineering report for wastewater infrastructure projects. Use of this outline will help to ensure that a submitted report satisfies Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and DEC programmatic and technical requirements.
Grant Award Categories
Category 1: $50,000 Grant

For any wastewater infrastructure related project, including disinfection

Category 2: $100,000 Grant

Only for inflow and infiltration projects as a result of an Order on Consent or SPDES Permit Compliance Schedule (proof of enforcement must be provided)

RECIPIENT RESOURCES
Learn what's needed to enter a grant agreement

Several documents are required in order to enter a grant agreement with EFC.

Webinar Recording

An informational video for recipients.

Awarded Projects
2021 Awardees

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Recipients for All Rounds 2012-Present

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Grant Payment

The grant will be disbursed in two or more payments based on the municipality’s progress toward completion of an acceptable engineering report. The municipality will receive its first disbursement as an advance payment once the finalized. The final disbursement will be made to the municipality when its engineering report has been completed and accepted by EFC/DEC.