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New York State DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant

The application period for the NYS DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant is Closed

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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 2015 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 $100,000 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.

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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 for population estimates:

  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.

To help navigate the 2010 Census website to find your community's data, DEC developed instructions on How to Find 2010 Census Data for the Engineering Planning Grant. (PDF, 108 KB).

To identify your municipalities Median Household Income (MHI) we are provided a list of 2010 United States Census MHI (PDF, 119 KB) estimates for communties in NYS

Eligible Activities

Funding can be used by municipalities for the preparation of an engineering report and planning activities to determine the scope of water quality issues, evaluate alternatives, and propose a capital improvement project. 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 that do not address improvements to a publicly-owned treatment works.
  • Projects already listed on the annual CWSRF Intended Use Plan.
  • Design and construction costs for any project.

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