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Environmental Protection Agency: Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water

Deadline: December 4, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to provide training and technical assistance for small public water systems to help such systems achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and to provide training and technical assistance for small publicly owned wastewater systems, communities served by onsite/decentralized wastewater systems, and private well owners to improve water quality under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Training and technical assistance activities provided to these systems, communities, and private well owners should be made available nationally in rural and urban communities and to personnel of tribally-owned and operated systems. The activities to be funded under this announcement will be linked to EPA’s Strategic Plan consistent with EPA’s current priorities for clean and safe water efforts focused on ensuring clean and safe water by improving water infrastructure and supporting drinking water, aquatic ecosystems, and recreational, economic, and subsistence activities.

National Priority Areas identified in this announcement are for:

  1. Training and Technical Assistance for Small Public Water Systems to Achieve and Maintain Compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
  2. Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Financial and Managerial Capacity and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water
  3. Training and Technical Assistance for Small Publicly-Owned Wastewater Systems and Onsite/Decentralized Wastewater Systems to Help Improve Water Quality
  4. Training and Technical Assistance for Private Well Owners to Help Improve Water Quality.

Assisting small systems with their technical, managerial and financial capacity to achieve long-term sustainability and resiliency is a key priority for the agency.

Amount: The total estimated amount of federal funding potentially available under this announcement is approximately $25,400,000 ($12,700,000 from FY 2017 and potentially $12,700,000 from FY 2018). It is anticipated that a total of four to nine cooperative agreements, each with a project period of up to three years, will be awarded under this announcement. Applicants must provide a non-federal cost-share/match that equals at least 10 percent of the total amount of federal funding requested for the project.

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 $16,000,000 ($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)
  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)

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, nonprofit private universities and colleges, and public institutions of higher education. For-profit organizations, states, municipalities, tribal governments, and individuals are not eligible to apply.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298028

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