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

The Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant application period is open May 1 through July 27!
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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.

Municipalities can apply for the funding through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (leaves DEC website). Individual grants will be up to $100,000; all grants require a local match equal to 20 percent of the requested grant amount. Successful applicants will be required to execute a grant agreement with EFC within 12 months of a grant award.

For additional details, the Round 8 NYS DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant - Overview (PDF, 378 KB) and One Page Fact Sheet (PDF, 115 KB) are available for applicants to review program priorities.

Pre-application workshops (leaving DEC's website) will be held around the state to provide more information on the grant program and application process. A recording of the EPG workshop presentation is available (leaving DEC's website).

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.

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.

Municipalities can also 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 2015 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. 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

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.

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