FAQ about State and Federal Requirements

Do construction and non-construction contracts executed prior to application have to include the required language from the EFC bid packet?

Yes. All construction contracts and non-construction contracts executed prior to applying for EFC funding must include the required contractual language from the applicable EFC bid packet. Any contracts which do not include and cannot reasonably be amended to include the required contractual language will not be eligible for EFC grant funding or SRF financial assistance. 

What portion of the project does the Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise participation goal apply to?

The Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) requirements apply to any contracts for which EFC provides financial assistance, whether through grant or State-Revolving Fund financing. If EFC provides a combination of SRF financing and grants for the entire project, the MWBE goals are applied, as applicable to all contracts for the entire project. If EFC provides a grant, and the remainder of the project cost is not financed with an SRF loan, the MWBE goal will be applied only to the portion of the project costs paid for by the grant funds.

Are the MWBE goals the same for both Professional Services and Construction Services?


What are the MWBE goals applicable to projects that are already under construction prior to award of a Water Infrastructure Improvement Act or Intermunicipal Grant?

All contracts entered into by recipients that are to be paid for with WIIA funds, IMG funds, or SRF financial assistance must demonstrate compliance with EFC's program requirements for the full contract value, and must include the required contractual language from the applicable EFC bid packet. The full value of any contracts that do not include the required contractual language, including those executed prior to grant application, will be disqualified from funding.

What is Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB)?

The goal of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act is to encourage and support eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in New York State's economy by increasing their participation in the State's contracting opportunities. There is a 6% SDVOB participation goal for projects awarded a WIIA or IMG grant tat are not seeking SRF financing. For projects being funded with both WIIA or IMG grant and SRF financing, SDVOB participation is encouraged.