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New York State DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant

The application period for this program is closed.
Successful grant recipients should visit the NYS Environmental Facilities website for information on the next steps in completing a grant agreement.

Governor Cuomo Announces Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant Awards

On December 11, 2013, Governor Cuomo announced awards for Round 3 of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative that supports economic development, strategic plan implementation and job creation across New York State.

As part of Round 3 of the REDC initiative, DEC and the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation awarded $1,888,890 to 63 communities from the Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grants program. The Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grants program provides up to $50,000 to each community to prepare an engineering report describing improvements to their municipal wastewater system. Each community will provide at least a 20% match to their grant. The engineering reports will provide the basis for communities to begin securing funding for infrastructure projects.

A list of the Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant awards is on the Environmental Facilities Corporation's website. A complete list of grants awarded through Round 3 of the REDC initiative is on the REDC website. Links to these websites are in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right column of this page.

Program Overview

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation have made up to $2 million available in 2013 for municipalities that need to construct or improve their municipal wastewater system. Grant funds can be used to pay for engineering and/or consultant fees for engineering and planning services for the production of an engineering report. Municipalities can apply for the funding through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). Individual grants will be up to $50,000 and municipalities will have to provide a 20% match.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a complete engineering report within 9 months of their grant agreement being executed. The engineering report will be used when seeking financing through the CWSRF program or other financial means to further pursue the identified solution.

Eligible Applicants

  • Municipalities (as defined in 21 NYCRRR 2602 New York State Clean Water Revolving Fund Regulations); and
  • Median household income (MHI) of the municipality is equal to or less than $65,000 according to the United States Census 2010

To access the 2010 Census Data:

  1. Click on the link to the United States Census 2010 in the right hand column under "Important Links"
  2. Follow the directions to navigate to census data for your community.

Eligible Activities

Funding will be available to municipalities for the development of engineering reports and planning efforts. In accordance with the laws, rules and regulations governing the CWSRF, projects eligible under Section 212 (Publicly Owned Treatment Works) of the federal Clean Water Act must be publicly-owned.

Funding will not be provided for:

  • Projects that do not lead to the restoration or protection of a surface waterbody;
  • Projects already listed on the annual CWSRF Intended Use Plan;
  • Construction costs for the wastewater treatment and/or collection systems.

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