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.
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).
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..."
Applications and Forms
Signed Fund Transfer Certifications in support of October funding applications will be accepted until 5pm on October 31, 2014. All other application materials including signed resolutions must be recieved by the October 2, 2014 funding deadline. Applications where a Fund Transfer Certification is not received by the deadline will be considered incomplete.
The Fund Transfer Certification should be consistent with the most recent audit of the local government enterprise fund. Transfers for common exemption purposes may be grouped into a single line item on the certification.
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