This new grant program, administered under the MDEQ, includes:
New legislation establishing grants for asset management plan development, stormwater plan development, sewage collection and treatment plan development, and state-funded loans to construct projects identified in the asset management plans.
Grants have $2M cap per community. First million has 10-percent local match; second million has 25-percent local match. The local match is not eligible for loan assistance.
Communities that are considered disadvantaged by the DEQ, in receivership, operating under an emergency manager, or operating under a consent agreement under the Local Government Fiscal Responsibility Act can receive a 100-percent grant with no local match required. Additionally, these communities can expend up to $500,000 in grant funds for the construction of projects identified in an asset management plan.
Grant recipient must proceed with a project for which grant funding is provided within 3 years of grant award or face repayment of the grant plus interest. For the asset management grant, this means significant progress as determined by the DEQ toward achieving the funding structure to implement the asset management program.
Funds are awarded to grant and loan recipients on a first come, first served basis.
Applications and supplemental materials are still in development. Currently they include:
GFA team members recently a training seminar on the new program. Contact us for more details!
The REAP/Feasibility Grant Program provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance. It also provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to conduct feasibility study for a renewable energy system. The program is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the Nation’s critical energy needs.
For the purpose of this Notice, and in addition to meeting the small business size determination as defined under small business in 7 CFR 4280.103, rural small business applicants must demonstrate that the majority (i.e., 51 percent or more) of their past 3 years’ annual receipts from their business operation are derived from a rural area. If the rural small business applicant has not engaged in business operations for the past 3 years, then information for as long as the rural small business applicant has been in business must be submitted.
Expected Number of Awards: 200
Estimated Total Program Funding: $20,800,000
Award Ceiling: $250,000
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Senate Committee approves WIFIA; AWWA hails pivotal moment for water infrastructure
March 20, 2013
A US Senate Committee today passed legislation that would create a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority, a development the American Water Works Association hailed as pivotal in confronting America’s trillion-dollar water infrastructure challenge.
If enacted into law, WIFIA would make low-interest federal loans available to address large water infrastructure projects in communities across the United States. AWWA, a chief proponent for the creation of WIFIA for several years, is urging water utilities and businesses across the water sector to actively support the bill as it heads to the full Senate.
“Today represents a pivotal moment in assuring America’s water infrastructure challenge is no longer buried,” said AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance. “WIFIA would help communities repair more critical water infrastructure at a lower cost. Ultimately, WIFIA would benefit everyone who pays a water bill.”
Based on a successful financing tool in the transportation sector, WIFIA would aid communities with pipe replacement, new or upgraded treatment plants, wastewater, reuse and desalination projects, and new water supply projects. The provision is part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, which is expected to reach the Senate floor by May of 2013.
Press release – AWWA