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Engineering Planning Grant Round 7 funding is now available!

2017 Changes:

There are a number of changes in this year's EPG Program Overview (PDF, 238 KB). We encourage you to read the entire Program Overview to learn about our new programs. Below are some highlights:

  • Increased to $3 million available to fund projects in this Round.
  • MHI requirements have changed for some areas.

Program Overview

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in cooperation with the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), have made over $3 million available in 2017 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 12 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.

For additional details, download the 2017 NYS DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant - Overview (PDF, 238 KB)

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
    1. Equal to or less than $65,000 according to the United States Census, 2015 American Community Survey 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 according to the United States Census, 2015 American Community Survey for municipalities located in REDC regions of Long Island, New York City or Mid-Hudson.

To identify your municipality's Median Household Income (MHI) and population, we are providing a list of 2015 American Community Survey data (PDF, 349 KB) estimates for communities in NYS.

Or municipalities can look up the data by accessing the 2015 American Community Survey 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 in How to Find 2015 American Community Survey Data for the Engineering Planning Grant (PDF, 358 KB) to navigate to census data for your community.

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 addition, the costs to conduct an environmental review for the recommended alternative in the report are eligible. 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 and scope already listed on the annual CWSRF Intended Use Plan.
  • Design and construction costs for any project.