Construction Grants for Wastewater Treatment Works

 

To assist and serve as an incentive in construction of municipal wastewater treatment works which are required to meet State and/or Federal water quality standards and improve the water quality in the waters of the United States. From fiscal year (FY) 2004 onwards, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia may use up to four percent of the funds appropriated under Title VI for administration and closeout of their construction grant program.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015: Funds will be awarded to assist in construction of municipal wastewater treatment works which are required to meet state and/or federal water quality standards and improve the water quality in the waters of the United States. Annual funding priorities are determined by the state in which the grantee is located. The project must be given priority by the state water pollution control agency through its project priority system and recommended for funding for approval by the EPA Regional Office.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.418
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Water
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: In Fiscal Year 2014, 12 grants for approximately $26.8 million were awarded. Projects funded included new and expanded wastewater treatment plants, infiltration/inflow correction, stormwater projects, new collector sewers, nutrient removal, new and rehabilitated sewer lines, and green infrastructure. Fiscal Year 2015: In Fiscal Year 2015, it is anticipated that 10 grants for $27 million will be awarded. Projects to be funded include new and expanded wastewater treatment plants, infiltration/inflow correction, stormwater projects, new collector sewers, nutrient removal, new and rehabilitated sewer lines, and green infrastructure. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5; Clean Water Act, Section 101(e)&109(b), Public Law 92-500; Clean Water Act, Section 208(d)&304(d)(3, Public Law 92-500; Clean Water Act, Section 502,511,516(b), Public Law 92-500; Clean Water Act, Section 313,319,320,501, Public Law 92-500; Clean Water Act, Section 210-212&215-219, Public Law 92-500; Clean Water Act, Section 201-205, 207, Public Law 92-500; Clean Water Act, Public Law 101-144; Clean Water Act, Public Law 100-4; Clean Water Act, Public Law 95-217; Clean Water Act, Public Law 96-483; Clean Water Act, Public Law 97-117.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Any state, local, intrastate agency, or interstate agency, or Federally-Recognized Indian tribal government, having jurisdiction over waste disposal. At present, new funding for the construction grants program exists only in American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia because they are exempt by the U.S. Congress from establishing a State Revolving Fund (SRF). Grants are awarded to only these territories and the District of Columbia from the SRF funds (Title VI grants), which are awarded as Title II grants. Funding requests for construction of wastewater treatment facilities are now to be made to the SRF representative of the State in which the construction is proposed.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Anyone/General Public. Anyone to be served by a wastewater treatment works assisted by this program.
Credentials/Documentation
1) Certified copy of authorization and assurances from the applicant's governing body. Authorization must be current, and must designate by name and title the individual who will represent the applicant; (2) current description of the project; (3) statement explaining exact nature of local, State, and any other Federal funds which may be used to finance the project; (4) applicant assurance (which is acceptable to the Regional Administrator) that any necessary discharge permit has been or will be obtained in accordance with Section 401, of Public Law 92-500, as amended; (5) conformance with requirements set forth in 40 CFR Part 35; Subpart I. Application may be made for grant assistance for building and erection of the treatment works with an allowance for planning and design costs at the time that the grant for construction is made. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
This is an existing program which is winding down as the funding is now being provided under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program for construction of wastewater treatment facilities. An environmental assessment is required for this program, which may require the development of an environmental impact statement by EPA. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications must be submitted through the State water pollution control agency to the appropriate EPA Regional Office. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency must be used for this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on the Standard Form 424. Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mailcode 3903R, Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/how_to_apply.htm. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.



Award Procedure
Projects considered for award must be approved by the state water pollution control agency and also certified by such agency as a priority over any other eligible projects. Award is made following such certification and approval by a Regional Office of EPA. Funds authorized by the Congress are allotted to the States in accordance with The Clean Water Act, as amended. Grant awards within individual states are limited by the funds which have been allotted to such states.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Up to 45 days, for EPA Regional Office action after certification by delegated State.
Appeals
Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Annual funding priorities are determined by the State in which the grantee is located. The project must be given priority by the State water pollution control agency through its project priority system and recommended for funding for approval by the EPA Regional Office.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are used for construction of municipal wastewater treatment works including privately owned individual treatment systems, if a municipality applies on behalf of a number of such systems. Such works may serve all or portions of individual communities, metropolitan areas, or regions. A project may include, but may not be limited to, treatment of industrial wastes. The grantee must require pretreatment of any industrial wastes which would otherwise be detrimental to efficient operation and maintenance, or the grantee must prevent the entry of such waste into the treatment plant. The grantee must have or initiate an acceptable system of user charges. From FY 2004 onwards, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia may use up to four percent of the funds appropriated under Title VI for administration and closeout of their construction grant program. Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: http://geodata.epa.gov. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Annual inspection by the State agency for compliance with permit requirements including a written report concerning operation and maintenance of waste treatment facility, and certification one year after beginning operation that the works are meeting project performance standards. For Recovery Act funds, funding reports must be submitted in a prescribed format within 10 calendar days after the end of each calendar quarter, beginning October 10, 2009. These reports include data elements as prescribed by Public Law 111-5, Section 1512 and OMB Guidance. Program reports are required under this program. Cash reports are required under this program. Progress reports are required under this program. Expenditure reports are required under this program. Performance monitoring is required under this program.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Records
Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for 3 years after project closeout, and if questions still remain, such as those raised in a court appeal, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: This program operates under Section 202 of the Clean Water Act. This program has no statutory formula. The Federal grant may be for up to 55 percent for grants awarded after September 30, 1984 or for 75 percent of eligible project costs for grant assistance awarded before October 1, 1984. The States may lower these percentages with the concurrence of the Regional Administrator pursuant to Section 202(a)(1) of the Clean Water Act as amended by Public Law 100-4. For innovative or alternative treatment processes and techniques referred to in section 201(g)(5) the funding shall be 20 per centum greater than the above approved percentage, but in no event greater than 85 per centum of the cost of construction of the project being funded with the grant. The grantee must assure that they will provide funds for all remaining costs. Some States assist grantees in providing all or part of the non-Federal share. American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, and Virgin Islands will receive the funds allocated up to 100 percent of the cost of construction. Recovery Act funds allotted to the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Virgin Islands have no match requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Any Title VI sums that are allotted as Title II to the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Virgin Islands will be available for obligation for a period of one year after the close of the fiscal year for which the sums are authorized. The term of the grant shall be determined at the time of grant award. Grant payments are based on work completed, equipment delivered, or sometimes off-site manufacturing or services rendered. Final grant payment is made after construction is completed and satisfactory final inspection and performance evaluation are carried out. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Information regarding appropriate waste treatment requirements and State and Federal assistance may be obtained from the State water pollution control agency. Individuals may also communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Also, contact your State agency concerning possible assistance under a State revolving fund (Title VI) of the 1987 Amendments of the Clean Water Act.
Headquarters Office
Tara Johnson Tara Johnson, Sustainable Communities Branch (4204M), Municipal Support Division, Office of Wastewater Management, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 564-6186, Fax: (202) 501-2346, E-mail: johnson.tara@epa.gov





, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: johnson.tara@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-6186
Website Address
http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0102-0-1-304; 68-0103-0-1-304.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $26,848,000; FY 15 est $27,576,000; and FY 16 est $27,000,000 - Title II obligations available for construction grants to District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
CWA Title II grants Range: $100,000 to $10,000,000/fiscal year; Average: $5,000,000/fiscal year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Grants for Construction of Treatment Works, Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR Part 35, Subpart E (and Subpart I), applicable to grants awarded after May 12, l982); General grant regulations and procedures, 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable; "Construction Grants 1985 (Guidelines for applicants and grantees)"; and Construction Grants Handbook of Procedures (Guidelines for Project Officers)." For these and other publications, please contact EPA's Office of Wastewater Management, Municipal Support Division, MC-4204M, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460.






Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: New and expanded wastewater treatment plants, infiltration/inflow correction, stormwater projects, new collector sewers, nutrient removal, new and rehabilitated sewer lines, and green infrastructure projects. Fiscal Year 2015: New and expanded wastewater treatment plants, infiltration/inflow correction, stormwater projects, new collector sewers, nutrient removal, new and rehabilitated sewer lines, and green infrastructure projects. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available