Funding Opportunities


Funding Success Stories:

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is excited to announce that we have received $300,000 from the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE), with an additional $200,000 from the Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., for a total of $500,000.  These funds will be used to repair failing septic systems and remediate illicit sewage discharges (straight pipes) from homes in the Yarmouth Creek and Morris Creek watersheds in James City County, the Pagan River and Lawnes Creek watersheds in Isle of Wight County and the Lawnes Creek watershed in Surry County.  For more information

VDH has worked with multiple state agencies and localities to help secure funding for the onsite sewage and water program. In 2012, the Office of Environmental Health Services secured a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund for $750,000 to help repair or replace failing onsite sewage systems. This grant provided funding assistance to a total of 48 homeowners in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula regions and helped to reduce bacteria and nitrogen entering sensitive waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

More recently in 2016, four local health districts will be partnering with localities, planning district commissions, and soil and water conservation districts to help improve onsite sewage treatment in the state, thanks to recent funding awarded through the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Nonpoint Source Water Quality Improvement Fund (WQIF) for more than $2.2 million towards onsite sewage treatment in Virginia. The projects will provide assistance to over 1,000 households and educational materials to thousands more.

Follow the links below to find more information and funding resources for onsite sewage systems and private water wells.

Private Well Financial Assistance:

  • RCAP Rural Community Assistance Partnership
    • RCAP operates as a national service delivery network of six regional partners and a national office in Washington, D.C. Every year, more than 200 RCAP specialists provide technical assistance, training, and financial resources to more than 2,000 small rural communities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • SERCAP  Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc.
    • SERCAP helps small rural towns and communities needing aid in upgrading their water and wastewater systems. We also provide training and technical assistance to rural residents for operation and maintenance of those systems, for capacity building and for economic development in their communities.
    • Funding is made available to low-income individuals and communities in the form of grants and loans in order to rehabilitate housing, build water and wastewater infrastructure, assist in small business development, and to finance development projects of small rural governments.
    • SERCAP recently released a new and improved application in a fillable pdf format for a simplified application process. You can find it here: SERCAP Universal Application

Onsite Sewage System Financial Assistance:

  • Virginia Department of Health Indemnification Fund
    • VDH’s Indemnification Fund provides homeowners with funding assistance for repairing or replacing an onsite sewage system or components that failed within 3 years of installation due to the negligence of VDH. Funding is available up to $30,000 and is reimbursed to the homeowner following repair or replacement of the onsite sewage system or components.

Local assistance to repair, replace, or pump out a septic system is available in several areas of the state. If you reside in one of the counties shown in color below, click on your county to learn more about these residential septic cost share programs.


Map of Virginia Counties having residential cost share progams

If you have information on a potential funding source not listed here, or corrections on information provided on this page, please contact Ray Tighe (804-864-7463 or