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

Description: The Small Community Engineering Assistance Program is available for municipalities, counties, public sewer or water districts, political subdivisions or instrumentalities of the state with a population of less than 10,000. The program offers funding for wastewater engineering costs incurred in preparation of a facility plan. The funding is only available for recipients yet to achieve a funding commitment and who plan to pursue funding.

Communities may be eligible to receive an 80 percent grant with a 20 percent recipient match, while disadvantaged communities may be eligible to receive a 90 percent grant with a 10 percent recipient match. A disadvantaged community is defined as any community with a population of 3,300 or less, whose user rates will be at or above 2 percent of the median household income and the median household income is at or below 75 percent of the state average.

The grant amount shall not exceed $50,000. Applications are accepted at any time.

Eligible costs:

  • Shall be reasonable and cost effective for facility plans.
  • Meet the eligibility limitations of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act as amended.
  • May include costs of complying with procurement requirements.
  • May include costs of engineering services, environmental investigations and other services incurred in preparation of the facility plan.
  • May include costs of meeting specific state and statutory procedures.
  • Be within the allowable scope of the project as well as other items deemed reasonable, necessary and allocable to the project.

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

  • A facility plan completed prior to application.
  • Preparation of 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.
  • 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 engineering.
  • Costs outside the scope of the approved project.

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, based upon the priority point system established in 10 CSR 20-4.010.

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