Wastewater Project Funding Alternatives

Information compiled thanks to John Hendron and Carrie Finan.

There are several state and federal programs that provide financing to eligible entities for planning, designing, and constructing wastewater projects. Whether the goal is to build or repair collection systems or treatment facilities, these important resources can help aid in your project’s success.

The table below includes a list of some of the grant (G) and low-interest loan (L) programs available for wastewater projects for Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. More information about project eligibility, funding terms, and how to apply can be found on the funding sources’ websites listed below.

Program

Type

Contact Information and/or Website

Washington, Oregon, and Idaho

 

 

US EPA Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)

L

Contact: Karen Fligger, 202.564.2992, [email protected]. Website:  https://www.epa.gov/wifia

National Rural Water Association Rural Water Revolving Loan Fund

L

Contact: call 580.252.0629 or email [email protected]

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) Loans

L

To find the regional officer for your area, visit: https://www.rcac.org/lending/loan-fund-contacts/

Washington

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

G

Contact: Jacquie Andresen, 360-725-3017, Jacquie.An[email protected]. Website: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/serving-communities/current-opportunities-2/community-development-block-grants/

USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal

G

Contact: Janice Roderick, 360.704.7739, [email protected]. Website: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/water-waste-disposal-loan-grant-program/wa

National Rural Water Association Rural Water Revolving Loan Fund

L

Contact: Tracey Hunter, 360.462.9287, [email protected]. Website: https://nrwa.org/initiatives/revolving-loan-fund/

WA Department of Ecology Water Quality Combined Funding

L

Contact: Daniel Thompson, 360.407.6510, [email protected]. Website: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/How-we-operate/Grants-loans/Find-a-grant-or-loan/Water-Quality-Combined-Funding-Program/WQC-funding-cycle

USDA Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH)

G

Contact: Janice Roderick, 360.704.7739, [email protected]. Website: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/search-special-evaluation-assistance-rural-communities-and-households

Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB)

L/G

Contact: Janea Delk, 360.725.3151, [email protected]. Website: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/community-economic-revitalization-board/

Public Works Board Pre-Construction and Emergency Loan Program

L

Contact: Connie Rivera, 360.725.3088, [email protected]. Website: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/pwb-financing/

Oregon

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

G

To find the regional officer for your area, visit:  https://www.oregon4biz.com/directory.php?d=1#rdo

USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal

G

To find the regional officer for your area, visit: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/water-waste-disposal-loan-grant-program/or

Special Public Works Fund (SPWF)

L/G

To find the regional officer for your area, visit: http://www.oregon4biz.com/directory.php?d=1

Water Wastewater Fund (W/W)

L/G

To find the regional officer for your area, visit: http://www.oregon4biz.com/directory.php?d=1

Idaho

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

G

Call the Idaho CDBG team at 208.334.2470 or visit: https://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/community-grants/community-development-block-grant-cdbg/

USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal

G

To find the regional officer in your area, visit: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/water-waste-disposal-loan-grant-program/id

ID Bond Bank Authority (IBBA) Water System Loan Program

L

Visit: https://sto.idaho.gov/Debt-Management/Idaho-Bond-Bank-Authority-IBBA

ID Department of Commerce Rural Community Block Grant (RCBG)

G

Call a regional community development specialist at 208.334.2470 or visit: https://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/community-grants/rural-community-block-grant-rcbg

ID DEQ Wastewater Planning Grants

G

Contact: Tim Wendland, 208.373.04369, [email protected]. Website: http://www.deq.idaho.gov/water-quality/grants-loans/wastewater-system-planning-grants/

ID DEQ Wastewater Public Wastewater System Construction Loans

L

Contact: Tim Wendland, 208.373.04369, [email protected]. Website: http://www.deq.idaho.gov/water-quality/grants-loans/wastewater-system-construction-loans/

A detailed summary of water and wastewater funding sources can also be found on the following sites:

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