Drinking Water Funding Program Details & Application

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FCAP accepts applications on a year round basis. However, FCAP will only conduct one round of evaluations submitted by the deadline. Projects addressing eligible acute, chronic health/SDWA compliance or public health problems will be given higher priority over other projects. Both construction and non-construction assistance are available.

Construction Assistance

Construction Loan

Interest rates from 3% to ceiling rate (1% below municipal bond market rates). Maximum term 20 years. Lower rates and longer terms (up to 30 years) are considered for waterworks meeting disadvantaged criteria.

Construction Grant

Will be considered for waterworks meeting disadvantaged criteria.

Force Account Construction

Projects are completed with non-contractor related labor.

Non-Construction Assistance

Planning and Design Funds

Projects up to $35,000 to be awarded. Applications accepted year-round. Funds are especially for small, disadvantaged community waterworks.

 

Application Deadline

Unless otherwise stated, all applications must be submitted by the deadline below to be included in the next round of funding offers:

  • If hand delivered, the application must be received by 5:00 PM on April 30, 2021
  • If sent by mail, the application must be postmarked by April 30, 2021

Please note: Applications for the Planning & Design Fund are accepted year-round. Please click the link for more information.

Important Changes - New for FY 2022

  1. The Construction Funds Application has been updated and re-organized! Please make sure you download the new instructions for filling out the application.
  2. The number of Attachments has been reduced! The list of Attachments is now the last page of the Application.
  3. The "Disadvantaged Community" status no longer needs FCAP Staff to make the determination. It is 1% of the Median Household Income (MHI) for the city, town, or county in which the waterworks is located.
  4. The pre-application meeting with the Field Office is now called the "Funding Application Discussion." The applicant should bring a detailed project description and cost estimate to discuss with the Field Office.

Please note:  Introduced in FY 2021 was a new scoring system for Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) Projects. It was designed so that LSLR projects could be evaluated against other LSLR projects rather than having to compete against all the other construction projects for funding. The new LSLR Scorecard can be viewed by clicking on the link.

The Lead Elimination Assistance Program (LEAP) Application is currently under development. In the mean time, please use the Construction Funds Application to request funding for LSLR projects for this funding cycle. Please click the link to view the Instructions for filling out the application.

 

Construction Funding Workshops

The in-person Drinking Water Construction Funding Workshops have been suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Until we receive word from the Commonwealth that it is safe to resume regular operations, we will not be able to hold the workshop in person.

In lieu of the in-person workshop, a pre-recorded PowerPoint Presentation with detailed information regarding the FY 2022 application cycle has been posted. To download the presentation, you may either click on the image or the link below. Viewing instructions may also be found below.

FY22 Funding Construction Workshop

 

To view the presentation, please download and open the file. Click on the Slide Show tab at the top of your screen and select the option From Beginning. The presentation should enter full screen mode and the first audio clip should begin playing automatically. To advance the slides, you may use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move forward and backward. Detailed instructions on viewing the presentation are also available.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact the FCAP Staff.

 

Application Forms & Instructions

Please view the Funding Announcement Letter for additional details on the application period for this fiscal year. Please also note that there is no separate application for WSAG funds. You may use the Application for Construction Funds form below to submit an application to either the DWSRF program or the WSAG program, and FCAP will determine the source of the funding. Click on the bars below to expand each section.

 

Manuals

View the manuals below for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program and the Water Supply Assistance Grant (WSAG) Fund Program.

DWSRF Program Design Manual

WSAG Program Guidelines

 

Other Fact Sheets/Forms

Income Survey Template

Construction Project Schedule

Cash Flow Template

User Rate Analysis

Example Resolution

Fact Sheet MBE/WBE Requirements

Certification Regarding Lobbying

Request for Resources

Building Financial Sustainability