Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant

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Funding to help complete your engineering planning
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 $2.5 million has been made available for this round of grant funding. 

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.

Awardee Resources
Supporting documentation for the grant agreements must be submitted by October 31, 2021
Required Webinar

This webinar is for the 58 municipalities that were awarded 2020 Engineering Planning Grants. Municipalities and their project teams should view this webinar to review the process and documents required.

Slideshow is available

The slides include important information reviewed in the webinar.

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

Grant Award Categories
Category 1: $30,000 Grant

Population of Municipality: 10,000 or less according to the United States Census American Community Survey Population Data.

Category 2: $50,000 Grant

Population of Municipality: Greater than 10,000 according to the United States Census American Community Survey Population Data.

Category 3: $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)


Population of Municipality: no limit

How to Apply
Applicants must complete a Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to pursue grant funding through EFC. Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with their Regional Council to align their project with regional goals and priorities.
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.

Awardee Information
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