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New York State DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant

The EPG Round 5 awards have been announced.

Governor Cuomo Announces Engineering Planning Grants

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On December 10, 2015, Governor Cuomo announced awards for Round 5 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 5 of the REDC initiative, DEC and the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation awarded $2,024,400 to 31 communities from the Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grants program.

For a list of municipalities selected to receive awards, please visit the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation website. A complete list of grants awarded through the REDC initiative can be found on the REDC website. The links to these websites are in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section in the right column of this page.

Program Overview

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in conjunction with the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), is offering grants to municipalities to help pay for the initial planning of eligible Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) water quality projects.

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). 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 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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