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Water Infrastructure - State Grant Program

Water Infrastructure

State Grant Program

The Division of Water Infrastructure is currently accepting applications for the next funding round for drinking water and wastewater grants under the State Grant Program.  Applications are due in our office by the close of business on Thursday, October 2, 2014.  If you have any questions about the application requirements or funding process please contact Seth Robertson, PE at (919) 707-9175.

Overview

The state Drinking Water Reserve and Wastewater Reserve accounts are established under NCGS 159G.  These reserve accounts include the following grant programs:

Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs)

Wastewater TAGs are for the purpose of determining the best way to correct deficiencies in a  system or treatment plant that is not in compliance with permit limits, or is experiencing operational problems and is at risk of violating permit limits. (NCGS 159G-33.(a)(3))

Drinking water TAGs are for the purpose of determining the best way to correct deficiences in a public water system that does not comply with State law or the rules adopted to implement the law. (NCGS 159G-34.(a)(3))

High Unit Cost Grants (HUCs)

HUCs are grants for the purpose of constructing critical water infrastructure.  To be eligible for consideration for a HUC, the applicant's residential customer's annual average water and/or sewer bill must be over the HUC threshold of 1.5% of Median Household Income (MHI) for both or 0.75% of MHI for either water or sewer service in accordance with NCGS 159G-20(10).

 

Current Funding

Session Law 2013-360 Section 14.21.(m) provided $5 million for FY 2014-2015.  These funds were provided to "meet the project needs of rural, economically distressed local governments".  The State Water Infrastructure Authority (SWIA) will "determine the distribution of funds between public water system-related projects and wastewater-related projects, depending upon the number of applications..."

 

Eligibility

Project Types

  • Wastewater collection systems
  • Wastewater treatment works
  • Public water system projects

Applicants

  • Local government units
  • Only available to the extent that other funding sources are not reasonably available to the applicant (NCGS 159G-36.b.)
  • Applicant must be located in a Tier 1 or Tier 2 county (SL 2013-360 Section 14.2.1.(m))
  • Other limits to specific grant types

Funding Limits

  • The amount of HUC grants awarded for three consecutive fiscal years may not exceed $3 million
  • The amount of TAG grants awarded for three consecutive fiscal years may not exceed $50,000

 

 

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N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure

Mailing Address (USPS): 1633 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27699-1633

Street Address (FedEx, UPS): 512 N. Salisbury St, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27604

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