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New York State DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant (EPG)

The Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant application period is now closed. Applications are being reviewed and awards are expected to be announced this fall.
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Program Overview

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in conjunction with the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), will offer grants to municipalities to help pay for the initial planning of eligible Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) water quality projects. Up to $3 million has been made available for this round of the Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant (EPG) program.

The ultimate goal of the EPG program is to advance water quality projects to construction so successful applicants can use the engineering report funded by the grant to seek financing through the CWSRF program, Water Quality Improvement Project program, or other funding entities to further pursue the identified solution.

Applications are typically available each spring through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (leaves DEC website).

For more information about Round 8 of EPG, view the Round 8 NYS DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant - Overview (PDF, 378 KB) and One Page Fact Sheet (PDF, 115 KB).

Round 8 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 according to the United States Census, 2015 American Community Survey is:
    1. Equal to or less than $65,000 for municipalities located in REDC regions of Capital District, Southern Tier, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Central NY, Finger Lakes, or Western NY; or
    2. Equal to or less than $85,000 for municipalities located in REDC regions of Long Island, New York City and Mid-Hudson.

Round 8 Eligible Activities

Funding can be used by municipalities for the preparation of an engineering report. This includes planning activities to determine the scope of water quality issues, evaluation of alternatives, and the recommendation of a capital improvement project. In addition, the costs to conduct an environmental review for the recommended alternative are eligible. Design and construction costs for projects are not eligible costs

Round 8 Ineligible Projects

  • 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 and scope that are listed on the 2018 CWSRF Intended Use Plan Annual Project Priority List.