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Financing for Environmental Compliance
Water Grant Resources

The following Web sites provide links to grant funding opportunities. Please note that the grant application process varies by organization and may require matching funding. Information specifically for water infrastructure grants is available for tribes and small communities.

EPA

EPA Region 8
EPA Region 8 provides water grants to address water-related environmental issues. Because these grants are media-based, many are available to state, local and tribal governments, as well as non-profit and community groups.

EPA Region 9
Funding Sources for Communities provides a list of ongoing grant programs that are available to a variety of recipients (primarily state and local governments, and nonprofits) within Region 9 (California, Arizona, Hawaii and Nevada ). Contacts, phone numbers and e-mails are listed for each grant program, along with other available information, such as Web sites. This is not a complete listing of all EPA grant programs.

EPA Office of Grants and Debarment – Library of Grant Opportunities
EPA hosts a site with links to external grant opportunities including information on the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, Grants Competition and Open Announcements, and Grants.gov

Other Governmental Resources

Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency
The Public Works Program empowers distressed communities to revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure to attract new industry, encourage business expansion, diversify local economies, and generate or retain long-term, private sector jobs and investment.

USDA Colonias Grant Program
This program provides Government funds to households residing in an area recognized as a colonia before October 1, 1989. Grant funds may be used to connect service lines to a residence, pay utility hook-up fees, install plumbing and related fixtures, i.e. a bathroom sink, bathtub or shower, commode, kitchen sink, water heater, outside spigot, or bathroom, if lacking. These grants are available to households who own and occupy the dwelling. These grants are available only in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas.

USDA Community Facilities Grant Program
Grant funds may be used to assist in the development of essential community facilities. Grant funds can be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services. This can include the purchase of equipment required for a facility's operation. A grant may be made in combination with other CF financial assistance such as a direct or guaranteed loan, applicant contributions, or loans and grants from other sources. Community Programs provides grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Grants are authorized on a graduated scale. Applicants located in small communities with low populations and low incomes will receive a higher percentage of grants.

HUD Community Block Grants
Projects funded by block grants must either benefit lower income people or help prevent or eliminate “slums and blight.” Systems have used assistance from block grants to meet state and federal regulations by developing new water sources, improving treatment, replacing distribution system pipes, and taking other actions

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