FAQs for WQIP Round 11
DEC has received the following questions about Round 11 of the WQIP grant program.
Q: Can an eligible applicant submit more than one application?
A: Yes. Eligible applicants may submit more than one application in response to the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program Round 11 Request for Proposals.
Q: If an eligible applicant submits more than one application, can the applicant receive more than one grant award?
A: Yes. The WQIP grant program does not limit the number of awards to a particular applicant.
Q: Are not-for-profit 501(c)3 organizations that are not a corporation eligible to apply for funding in Round 11 of the WQIP grant program?
A: No. Eligible applicants are limited to not-for-profit corporations as defined in Appendix 1, Definitions in the 2013 Water Quality Improvement Projects Program - Round 11 Information for Applicants.
Q: Can an eligible applicant request funding for projects completed prior to the release of Round 11 of the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program Request for Proposals (RFP)?
A: Yes. Applicants may submit applications for work completed starting as far back as October 17, 2009. Applicants need to remember that WQIP contracts have a maximum term of 5 years, but the DEC prefers a shorter term of 2-3 years.
Q: Are Regional Planning Boards eligible applicants?
A: Yes. Regional Planning Boards are eligible applicants meeting the definition of a municipality as defined in Appendix 1, Definitions in the 2013 Water Quality Improvement Projects Program - Round 11 Information for Applicants.
Q: If a municipality currently has an open WQIP grant, will that negatively affect their chances of getting awarded another grant in Round 11?
A: Municipalities with open WQIP grants may receive a grant award in Round 11. Applicants should be reminded that "Prior Performance" is considered during the application review process and make sure the existing WQIP grant is up to date with the Department. The application review process is outlined in Appendix 2 & 3 of the 2013 Water Quality Improvement Project Program - Round 11 Information for Applicants.
Q: To comply with the Department's Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE)/Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) goals, do each of the prime contractor's sub-contractors need to meet the 20% goal, or are only the prime contractors required to meet the 20% goal?
A: Only the prime contractor is required to comply with the 20% M/WBE-EEO goal. For more information, see the M/WBE Goals & Reporting Responsibilities web page.
Q: Is a municipal resolution required when submitting an application for the Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIP) Program Round 11?
A: No. A municipal resolution is not required to be submitted with a project application.
Q: What is the expected duration of Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program funded projects?
A: Projects are anticipated to be an average of 2-3 years in length; however projects may extend to a maximum of up to 5 years.
Q: Can WQIP applicants provide additional documentation with the Round 11 Application for State Assistance (i.e., engineering report, plans, etc.)?
A: Applicants are discouraged from submitting any supporting documentation that is not required with their WQIP application. The WQIP does not require applicants to submit an engineering report or plans to have a complete project application. Additional documentation that is not required may not be considered when applications are evaluated for funding.
Q: If a municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWT) is part of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), how many Priority Waterbodies List (PWL) segments need to be included with the Round 11 Application for State Assistance?
A: For WWT projects that are part of a TMDL, only the segment that the WWT discharges to needs to be identified and included with the project application.
Q: In Part N - Project Budget of the Round 11 Application for State Assistance where should applicants list salaries for municipal in-kind services?
A: The costs for municipal in-kind services should be reflected under Personal Services in the Project Budget.
Q: Where should applicants show the costs for materials in Part N - Project Budget of the Round 11 Application for State Assistance?
A: Materials costs should be listed as Other costs in Part N - Project Budget.