A century ago, the average American used only about 10 gallons of water a day to drink, cook, clean, and bathe. Today, Americans use 100 gallons a day per person on average, causing stresses on our sources of drinking water. Along with that stress on the drinking water comes a burden on the wastewater systems. It’s not surprising that we often get requests from municipalities for help finding water and wastewater grants. Below is a list of hand-picked grants.
Towns with a population under 10,000 qualify for this grant program that assists in the development of water and waste disposal systems. To qualify, applicants must be unable to obtain the financing from other sources at rates and terms they can afford, and/or from their own resources. Projects must be primarily for the benefit of rural users. Applications are accepted at any time through the Rural Development State and Area Offices. To locate an office near you go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/recd_map.html.
This is a unique grant program from the United States Department of Agriculture. Instead of funds to improve infrastructure, this grant program provides communities with technical assistance and training to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources and to improve planning and management of solid waste sites. Grants may be used to enhance operator skills in operations and maintenance, to identify threats to water resources, and to reduce the solid waste stream. Eligible municipalities must have a population of 10,000 or less. Applications are accepted between October 1 and December 31 each fiscal year. The City of Dickinson, North Dakota received a $20,600 grant to develop and implement a public training campaign to ensure proper use and acceptance for the program. USDA will also extend technical assistance to 23 area communities whose municipal solid waste is disposed in the Dickinson landfill.
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) offers this grant program to assist municipalities with water and wastewater projects. The EDA accepts applications quarterly with October 17, 2014 being the deadline for funding cycle one of FY 2015. Applicants may submit applications at any time during the quarter, and EDA representatives will give formal feedback on any application submitted before the deadline. Decisions on funding will be made by the last business day of the month following the applicable funding cycle deadline.
This foundation opens its grant program to any Illinois publicly owned and operated wastewater facility. The goal of the program is to reduce energy consumption among facilities that treat wastewater by providing incentives for energy efficiency measures and renewable energy systems. Applications were due in January and July for the FY 2014 funding cycle. It is expected that applications will be due at the same time for FY 2015, meaning now is the perfect time to begin the application process for the first 2015 cycle. Funding is available up to $500,000 (with a minimum award of $50,000).
If you are looking for additional resources to help with your municipal water and wastewater projects, take a look at these sites:
This network provides environmental management, planning, funding, and regulatory information for local government elected and appointed officials, managers, and staff. Besides the website, LGEAN also operates a toll free telephone service (877-865-4326).
This non-profit organization, with a motto of the “water quality people,” is a technical and educational organization representing water quality professionals. This organization provides water quality professionals around the world with the latest in water quality education, training, and business opportunities.
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