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2021 Cleaner Water Program Grants - Call for Projects

Time to get your Project Profiles ready!  The Cleaner Water Grant Program Call for Projects begins June 1, 2021. 

The Cleaner Water Program, a grant program to improve drinking water and wastewater, is part of the $1.3 billion Building a Better Kentucky Plan, which will create 14,500 jobs expanding broadband, delivering clean drinking water and building new schools. The water program is the first of the three to accept applications since Gov. Beshear and Kentucky lawmakers reached a bi-partisan agreement at the close of the 2021 General Assembly to invest federal relief funds in infrastructure. 

How Much Grant Money is Available?
Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA), $250 million has been appropriated for clean drinking water and wastewater grants to fund projects across Kentucky. Funding will be allocated in three ways: 

  • $150 million will be allocated based on each county’s proportion of the state’s population, with the exception of Jefferson County’s share, which is discounted by 50% based on its high per capita allocation from the federal act.
  • $50 million is available for grants to utilities to provide drinking water services to unserved, rural customers or to utilities under a federal consent decree. KIA shall consider social, economic and environmental benefits in determining the allocations.
  • $49.9 million is available to supplement a project grant for a project with a cost in excess of a county’s allocation amount and other available grant sources. The social, economic and environmental benefits shall be considered in determining project allocations. KIA will receive $75,000 to administer the grant program. 

How do I apply?

If you are interested in receiving funding from the Cleaner Water Grant Program, coordinate with the Water Resource Coordinator for the Area Water Management Council at the Area Development District (ADD) to prepare or update your Project Profile. 

Starting June 1, Water Resource Coordinators, representing Kentucky’s 15 Area Development Districts (ADD) and Area Water Management Councils, may submit project profiles through the Water Resource Information System (WRIS) portal to indicate interest in funding from the Cleaner Water Grant Program. Eligible government agencies, such as city-owned water or sewer utilities, water commissions, water and sewer districts and counties, may collaborate with Coordinator and Council to submit a project. 
The application process will be ongoing throughout 2021 until all funding is committed. KIA will begin reviewing projects this summer and make awards continuously throughout the year. All grant awardees must obligate the funds by December 31, 2024.

How do I know if I will receive funding?

The application process will be ongoing throughout 2021 until all funding is committed. KIA will begin reviewing projects this summer and make awards continuously throughout the year.  Projects that receive grant funding will be notified through a conditional commitment letter. 

How to get more information?

For information on grant requirements, terms or borrower eligibility please contact Sandy Williams (sandy.williams@ky.gov , 502-892-3088) of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.
For more information about completing a Project Profile contact your local Area Development District office or Donald Schierer (donald.schierer@ky.gov , 502-892-3485) of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

Other important links:



Final 2021 Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plans

Click on the following links to download the Final CWSRF and DWSRF IUP documents:
Final 2021 Clean Water SRF Intended Use Plan
Final 2021 Drinking Water SRF Intended Use Plan

 

Other important links associated with KIA and DOW funding programs:

KIA Loan Programs
Federally Assisted Wastewater Revolving Loan (CWSRF)
Federally Assisted Water Revolving Loan (DWSRF)

WRIS Portal - Project Profile
WRIS Portal - System Information
Clean Water Project Profile Pre-Application
Drinking Water Project Profile Pre-Application

DOW Clean Water State Revolving Fund
DOW Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
DOW Nonpoint Source Grants

 

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