CLEAN WATER ENGINEERING REPORTS GRANT

Water Protection Program fact sheet
09/2020
Division of Environmental Quality Director: Ed Galbraith
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Purpose

The purpose of this funding is to assist small communities with engineering costs to plan for wastewater treatment and collection systems improvements related to new permit requirements and/or inflow and infiltration. Funding comes from the CWSRF capitalization grant’s additional subsidization allocation.

Eligible applicants

The grant is available for municipalities, counties, public sewer or water districts, political subdivisions or instrumentalities of the state that operate a permitted wastewater treatment facility serving a population of less than 10,000.

In order to be eligible, the applicant must: 1) complete and submit an application; 2) have no outstanding fees due to the Department; 3) not already have an engineering report for the same issues; and 4) agree to make a good faith effort to pursue recommendations contained in the approved engineering report.

Selection process

Applications are prioritized based on a first come first serve basis as well as on the project’s environmental impact.

Description

Eligible systems may receive an 80% grant with a 20% recipient match, not to exceed a maximum grant amount of $50,000.

Eligible systems that 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 $50,000. 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.

Grant timeframe

It is important that any community who wishes to apply for this funding opportunity submit their application 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 18 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 approved by the Department. The complete engineering report must be submitted to the Department for review and approval no later than 60 days prior to the end of the budget period of the award. This ensures adequate time is allowed for a response to comments. 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 facility plan. This includes the cost of engineering services, environmental investigations, and other services incurred in preparation of the engineering report. Eligible costs:

  • May include other items deemed reasonable, necessary, and allocable to the project, such as an Antidegradation Review, Inflow and Infiltration Study, Pretreatment Program, and/or Soils Report, as a part of the facility plan, if required.
  • Eligible costs are those that are directly incurred in the development of the facility plan.
  • May include other items deemed reasonable, necessary and allocable to the project, such as Antidegradation Review, Inflow and Infiltration Study, Pretreatment Program, and/or Soils Report, as a part of the facility plan, if required.
  • Must be reasonable and cost effective for facility plans, which make recommendations that will meet the Missouri Clean Water Law requirements.
  • Must be within the Department-approved allowable scope of the project.

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

  • A facility plan or engineering services completed prior to the award.
  • Preparation of the engineering services grant application.
  • Ordinary operating expenses of the recipient including salaries and expenses of elected and appointed officials, preparation of routine financial reports and studies, and the state operating permit fees or other such permit fees necessary for the normal operation of the constructed facility.
  • Preparation of applications and permits required by federal, state, or local regulations or procedures.
  • Preparation of applications for future funding for work following the facility plan.
  • Administrative, engineering, and legal activities associated with the establishment of special departments, agencies, commissions, regions, districts, or other units of government.
  • Fines and penalties due to violations of, or failure to comply with, federal, state, or local laws, regulations or procedures.
  • Force account labor including engineering.
  • Costs outside the scope of the department-approved project.

How to apply

Applications are accepted throughout the year. The application form and instructions are available online at dnr.mo.gov/forms/780-1951-f.pdf.

Legal Authority:
CFR 40 Part 35 and RSMo. 644.123

Selection Process:
Applications are prioritized based on a first come first serve basis as well as on the project’s environmental impact.

Contact Information:
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Water Protection Program
Financial Assistance Center
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
573-751-1192; Fax 573-751-9396