Millions in Funding is available for rural water projects!
The Water/Wastewater Financing Program provides low-cost financing for design and construction of public infrastructure needed to ensure compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act or the Clean Water Act.
The program provides up to $10 million per project through a combination of direct and/or bond funded loans. The maximum loan term is 30 years or the useful life of project assets, whichever is less. Loans are generally re-paid with utility revenues or voter approved bond issues. A limited tax general obligation pledge also may be required. "Credit worthy" borrowers may be funded through the sale of state revenue bonds.
The program provides grant awards up to $750,000 based on financial review. An applicant is not eligible for grant funds if their annual median household income is greater than or equal to 100 percent of the state average median household income for the same year.
The Infrastructure Finance Authority offers technical assistance financing for municipalities with populations of less than 15,000. The funds may be used to finance preliminary planning, engineering studies, and economic investigations. Technical assistance funding is offered for water master plans, wastewater facility plans, reigionalization/and other. Grants up to $20,000 and loans up to $60,000 may be awarded per project.
Public entities eligible to apply include:
- County service districts
- Tribal councils
- Special districts
Allowable funded project activities may include:
- Reasonable costs for construction improvement or expansion of drinking water system, wastewater system, or stormwater system
- Water source, treatment, storage, and distribution
- Wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal facilities
- Stormwater system
- Purchase of rights of way and easements necessary for construction
- Design and construction engineering
- Planning/technical assistance for small communities
Applications are accepted year-round.