Small Community Drinking Water (SCDW) Funding Program

Portal ID:
1797
Status:
Active (20 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
  • Loan
Last Updated:
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Details

Purpose:

Small Community Drinking Water (SCDW) Funding is available to assist small disadvantage communities to implement drinking water infrastructure improvement projects. The Program provides low-interest loans and grants for the planning/design and construction of drinking water infrastructure that are needed to address human health risks to drinking water and to achieve/maintain compliance with federal and state drinking water laws.

Description:

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 Drinking Water (SCDW) Funding Program provides assistance to help small disadvantage communities (DACs) implement eligible drinking water capital improvement projects. Small communities are defined as having population no more than 10,000 or no more than 3,300 service connections. DACs are defined as communities with a median household income (MHI) less than 80% of the average statewide MHI and severely disadvantage communities (SDACs) have a MHI less than 60% of the average statewide MHI.

The SCDW Funding Program provides low-interest loans and other financing mechanisms, such as grants or principal forgiveness using federal and state funds, for the planning/design and construction of drinking water infrastructure projects that are needed to achieve or maintain compliance with federal and state drinking water statutes and regulations. Eligible planning/design and construction drinking water projects include treatment systems, distribution systems, interconnections, consolidations, pipeline extensions, water sources, and water meters.

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

Loan interest rate of 0% may be available with repayment term up to 40 years or the useful life of the financed assets for construction financing. 

 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

For-profit water utilities and non-profit mutual water companies are eligible. 

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Ongoing
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
continuously
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
3-5

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$50,000,000
Expected number of awards 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.
Dependent
Estimated amount per award 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.
Dependent
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
No
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 Method: 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)

How to Apply

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

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
1-916-327-9978, DFA-OSWS@waterboards.ca.gov