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

The Engineering Planning Grant application period is open through July 26! Apply using the Consolidated Funding Application (leaves DEC website).
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Program Description

Grants are available for municipalities to help pay for the initial planning of eligible Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) water quality wastewater projects. Successful applicants will use the grant to finance engineering and planning services to produce an engineering report

The goal of the EPG program is to advance water quality projects to construction and future implementation funding through the CWSRF program, Water Quality Improvement Project grants, or other funding entities.

2019 Applicant Information

For full program details, view the EPG Round 9 Program Overview (PDF) and visit NYS EFC's EPG webpage (leaves DEC website).

How to Apply

Applications are being accepted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (leaves DEC website) until 4:00 PM on July 26, 2019.

Funding Amount

Individual grants of up to $100,000 are available. A total of up to $3 million is available this round.

Required Local Match

Applicants are required to provide a local match of 20% of the requested grant amount.


Pre-application workshops are being held around the state to provide more information on the grant program and application process. See the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) website for a schedule of workshops (leaves DEC website). A recording of the workshop presentation (leaves DEC website) is also available.

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.

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, 2017 American Community Survey is:
    • Equal to or less than $70,000 for municipalities located in REDC regions of Capital District, Southern Tier, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Central NY, Finger Lakes, or Western NY; or
    • Equal to or less than $90,000 for municipalities located in REDC regions of Long Island, New York City and Mid-Hudson.


If you have questions regarding EPG after reading this webpage and the EPG Program Overview (PDF), email Frequently asked questions will be posted weekly.

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