Water Protection Program fact sheet
Division of Environmental Quality Director: Ed Galbraith


This grant opportunity provides water systems funding for engineering costs to prepare a plan for drinking water system improvements related to compliance and the ability to provide safe drinking water. This funding is offered through a competitive, annual funding cycle. The department prioritizes applications for funding based on scoring criteria specified in the application and instructions.

Eligible applicants

The grant is available for municipalities, counties, utility districts, political subdivisions or instrumentalities of the state that:

In order to be eligible, the applicant must:

Grant description

Eligible applicants may receive a 50% grant with a 50% recipient match, not to exceed a maximum grant amount of $15,000. The recipient’s match is eligible for reimbursement if, within a year of the report being completed, the recipient successfully applies for a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan and meets the readiness to proceed criteria. The recipient’s match, not-to-exceed $15,000, is eligible for reimbursement as a grant at the time of loan closing.

Eligible applicants that also meet the definition of a disadvantaged community may receive up to 100% of the costs for engineering report services, not to exceed a maximum grant amount of $30,000. The department defines a disadvantaged community as one that has a population of 3,300 or less, whose median household income is at or below 75% of the state average, and whose user rates are at or above 2% of the median household income.

Application deadline and selection process

Applications may be accepted throughout the year, all applications that are received by Dec. 31 of the current year, will be scored and prioritized for funding in the following months.

Prioritization is given to projects that address the most serious problems. Factors considered in the prioritization process are Safe Drinking Water Act violations and compliance issues; problems with waterborne disease, minimum working pressure and inadequate supply; problems with inadequate wells, water loss, distribution systems, storage and treatment; regionalization interconnection and security; and technical managerial and financial capacity demonstration. A complete listing or prioritization factors and factor weighting is provided within the application.

Grant timeframe

It is important that any communities who wish to apply for this funding opportunity submit their applications early in the project planning process. Early application and communication with the department on each project step are imperative to ensure the project meets all state and federal funding requirements. Engineering report projects that the applicant has already started are not eligible for funding through this program.

Once the grant is awarded, the recipient has 6 months for the engineering report to be completed and approved by the department. The department will hold the final 10% of the reimbursement costs until the report has been accepted by the department. The complete engineering report must be submitted to the department for review and acceptance no later than 60 days prior to the end of the budget period of the award. This ensures adequate time for the engineer to provide a response to department comments and make any necessary revisions. No payments may be made to the recipient after the budget period has expired without an amendment to the grant.

Funding provided under this program shall only be used as reimbursement of expenses for services provided during the project’s budget period. Therefore, recipients should wait for notice from Financial Assistance Center to initiate work under this grant in order to ensure all costs incurred are reimbursable.

Cost Eligibility

Eligible costs are those that are directly incurred in the development of the engineering report.

Eligible costs are:

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

How to apply:
The application form and instructions are available online at https://dnr.mo.gov/forms/docs/780-2912-f_000.pdf

Legal Authority:
40 CFR Part 35 Subpart L and RSMo. 640.110