Engineering Report Services Grants

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The Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for Drinking Water Engineering Report Services Grants.
Applications can be submitted anytime to the Department through the Funding Opportunities Portal. Applications received by April 1 each year will be evaluated and ranked for that calendar year of funding. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding until the next calendar year. The completed application and all required supporting information must be submitted through the Funding Opportunities Portal. If you have any questions, you cannot access the Funding Opportunities Portal, or you need assistance filling out the application, please call the Department’s Public Drinking Water Branch at 800-361-4827 or 573-522-1801.

What is the purpose of this funding?
The primary purpose of this funding is to help community water systems obtain an engineering report as a first step toward implementing changes that will help the system achieve and maintain technical, managerial, and financial capacity, including compliance with the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations and the Missouri public drinking water regulations. The engineering studies include data collection, analysis and water system planning. They are valuable tools to ensure continued delivery of adequate and safe drinking water to customers in an efficient and cost effective manner.

Who can apply?
Community water systems with a population equal to or less than 3,300 or community water systems with larger populations that will provide benefit to a community water system with a population equal to or less than 3,300 (i.e. regionalization, consolidation, etc.) may apply. Other Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Applicants also apply.

How will applications be ranked? 
Complete applications will be ranked according to priority point criteria and eligibility. Only applications that have been completely filled out, signed, and include the required supporting documentation will be ranked.

How much funding can I expect?
Awardees are eligible to receive up to 80 percent of the costs for engineering report services up to a maximum of $20,000.

Disadvantaged communities:  Any community water system that meets the definition of a disadvantaged community (a community with a population of less than 3,300 whose user rates will be at or above 2 percent of the Median Household Income (MHI), and the community’s MHI is at or below 75 percent of the state average MHI) is eligible for 100 percent of the costs for engineering report services up to a maximum of $25,000.

What can I use the funding for?
Funding can only be used for development of an engineering report within the project period. Funding provided under this program shall not be used as reimbursement of expenses for services provided outside the project period. The project period will start when your funding request is approved and will end six months later.

Will repayment be required?
Funding provided under this program is a grant, not a loan. Repayment is not required. 

Is a local match required?
Yes. With the exception of disadvantaged communities, grant funding shall not exceed 80 percent of the cost to develop the engineering report up to a maximum of $20,000. The applicant must be able to provide funding for the remaining cost. 

Application for State Revolving Fund Contract for Engineering Services, Form--MO 780-2177

Instructions for Grant Application and Contractual Requirements for Engineering Report Services