Training and Technical Assistance for Small Systems Funding (for Safe Drinking Water)

Funding Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency

EPA’s Fiscal Year 2017 appropriation directs the Agency to competitively award $12.7 million to non-profit organizations to provide training and technical assistance to small public water systems, small wastewater systems and private well owners, located in urban and rural communities throughout the U.S. and its territories.

The funding will help provide water and wastewater system staff and private well owners with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and support EPA’s continuing efforts to protect public health and promote sustainability in small communities.

EPA expects to award four to nine cooperative agreements totaling up to $25.4 million in federal funds.  The purpose of the agreements is to provide training and technical assistance to:

  • Small public water systems to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA);
  • Small public water systems on a wide range of managerial and, or financial topics to achieve and maintain compliance with the SDWA; 
  • Small publicly-owned wastewater systems, communities served by onsite-decentralized wastewater systems and private well owners to help improve water quality; or
  • Private well owners to help improve water quality.

Deadline: Dec. 4, 2017

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Areas of Interest

  • National Priority Area 1: Training and Technical Assistance for Small Public Water Systems to Achieve and Maintain Compliance with the SDWA
  • National Priority Area 2: Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Financial and Managerial Capacity and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water
  • National Priority Area 3: Training and Technical Assistance for Small Publicly-Owned Wastewater Systems and Onsite/Decentralized Wastewater Systems to Help Improve Water Quality and Sustainable Operations
  • National Priority Area 4: Training and Technical Assistance for Private Well Owners to Help Improve Water Quality

Eligibility Requirements

Non-profit organizations, private non-profit universities and colleges and public institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

Applications must address one, and only one, of the four National Priority Areas listed in Section I.B, although eligible organizations may submit more than one application as long as each one is separately submitted and addresses only one National Priority Area. Applications that address more than one National Priority Area in a single application will not be reviewed. In addition, applications for National Priority Area 3 must address the two elements of that priority as described in Section I.B.

Amount Description

The following is the expected total of awards in each of the four National Priority Areas:

1. One to three awards are anticipated under the Training and Technical Assistance for Small Public Water Systems to Achieve and Maintain Compliance with the SDWA National Priority Area, with a potential total of $16,000,00 ($8,000,000 from FY 2017 and potentially $8,000,000 from FY 2018);

2. One to two awards are anticipated under the Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Financial and Managerial Capacity and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water National Priority Area, with a potential total of $3,600,000 ($1,800,000 from FY 2017 and potentially $1,800,000 from FY 2018);

3. One to two awards are anticipated under the Training and Technical Assistance for Small Publicly-Owned Wastewater Systems and Onsite/Decentralized Wastewater Systems to Help Improve Water Quality and Sustainable Operations, National Priority Area, with a potential total of $2,400,000 ($1,200,000 from FY 2017 and potentially $1,200,000 from FY 2018); and

4. One to two awards are anticipated under the Training and Technical Assistance for Private Well Owners to Help Improve Water Quality National Priority Area, with a potential total of $3,400,000 ($1,700,000 from FY 2017 and potentially $1,700,000 from FY 2018).

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

December 4, 2017