Small Community Clean Water/Wastewater (SCWW) Funding

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The purpose of wastewater planning funding is to provide low-interest loans, grants, and principal forgiveness to small disadvantaged communities for planning/design and construction of projects that restore and maintain water quality in the state.


Office of Sustainable Water Solution (Office) was created within the State Water Resources Control Board to promote permanent and sustainable drinking water and wastewater treatment solutions to ensure effective and efficient provision of safe, clean, affordable, and reliable drinking water and wastewater treatment services. The Office is focused on addressing financial and technical assistance needs, particularly for small disadvantaged communities through the Small Community Funding Program:

Small Community Drinking Water Funding Small Community Clean Water/Wastewater Funding Small Community Emergency Grant Funds Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience Program

Small Community Clean Water/Wastewater (SCWW) Funding Program provides financial assistance to help small disadvantage communities (DAC) implementing water quality improvement projects. Small communities are defined as having population less than 20,000. DACs are defined as communities with a median household income (MHI) less than 80% of the average statewide MHI and severely disadvantage communities (SDAC) have a MHI less than 60% of the average statewide MHI.

The SCWW Funding Program provides low-interest loans and other financing mechanism, such as grants or principal forgiveness using federal and state fund for the planning/design and construction of publicly-owned facilities including wastewater treatment plants, sewer collectors and interceptors, combined sewers, septic to sewer conversions, regionalization, landfill leachate treatment, storm water reduction and treatment, and water reclamation facilities.

The SCWW Funding Program utilizes the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Policies and annual Clean Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan (IUP) to administer the program. 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Applicants must serve small (less than 20,000) communities qualifying as a DAC or SDAC.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
3-5 years

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal and State

Funding Source Notes:

Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan and principal forgiveness Small community grant (SCG) provided through CWSRF repayments Proposition 1 - Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Once the financing agreement has been executed, a recipient may request disbursements that identify specific, eligible costs incurred. Costs submitted to the Division must be currently due and payable, but the recipient need not have actually paid the costs before requesting disbursements.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.