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N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure Funding and Application Training

The Division of Water Infrastructure in the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality recently announced available funding for fall 2016. The Division is offering application training sessions in cities across North Carolina during the weeks of weeks of August 1 and August 8.

All funding applications are due to the division no later than Sept. 30, 2016, and the categories include the following:

  • Connect NC Bonds: The Connect NC Bond Bill (SL 2015-280) provides for a total of $309.5 million in water and wastewater grant and loan funding and is administered by the Division of Water Infrastructure, through the State Reserve Project Grants and Loans program.
  • State Reserve Program: This program funds both wastewater and drinking water projects. The total available funding for fall 2016 through the State Reserve Project Grants and Loans program will be approximately $70 million in loans and approximately $50 million in grants, as follows:
    • Project Loans and Grants for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure. This funding is available to all Local Government Units (LGUs) and non-profit water corporations. The grant program has a limit of $3 million per applicant per project type (water/sewer) over a period of three consecutive fiscal years. Loans with a targeted or market interest rates have a limit of $3 million per applicant per project type over a period of three consecutive fiscal years. Grant percentages of project costs are based upon affordability criteria.
    • Asset Inventory and Assessment Grants: This program funds both wastewater and drinking water projects. Available to LGUs and non-profit water corporations, it has a limit of $150,000 per applicant per project type (water/sewer) over three consecutive fiscal years. This grant funding is available for inventory of an existing water and/or sewer system and documentation of the condition of the inventoried infrastructure.
    • Merger / Regionalization Feasibility Grants: This program funds both wastewater and drinking water projects. Available to LGUs and non-profit water corporations, it has a limit of $50,000 per applicant per project type (water/sewer) over three consecutive fiscal years. This grant funding is available for determination of the feasibility of consolidating the management of multiple utilities into a single utility operation or to provide regional treatment and the best way of carrying out the consolidation or regionalization.
  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund. This program funds wastewater and green projects. It is available to all LGUs and non-profit water corporations and offers low-interest loans up to $30 million per applicant. The amount of funding available for the Fall 2016 round is approximately $60 million.
  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. This program funds drinking water projects. It is available to all LGUs, investor-owned drinking water corporations, and non-profit water corporations and offers low-interest loans up to $20 million per applicant. The amount of funding available for the fall 2016 round is approximately $55 million.
  • Community Development Block Grants - Infrastructure: This program funds critically needed water and wastewater construction projects. The projects must benefit a population that is at least 51 percent low-to-moderate income. Municipalities and counties may apply. Single-purpose units of government are not eligible. The maximum grant limit is $2 million per applicant over three years. The amount of funding available for the fall 2016 round is $26.5 million.

For more information on these funding programs, contact North Carolina Account Director Charles Archer or Funding Specialist Jennifer Wasinger.

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