Urban Waters

Urban Waters Small Grants


EPA has made preliminary selections under the Urban Waters Small Grants RFP released in fall 2015. In May, 2016, EPA sent notification letters to all who submitted applications. In each case, the letter was sent to the individual who you listed as the “Key Personnel” in your grant application, Section 1.E of your Cover Page. If you applied and have not received notification from EPA on your status, please check with that individual. EPA plans to publicly announce final awards by October, 2016.

Proposals currently under review:

The 2015/2016 UWSG Request for Proposals (RFP) is now closed.
View this cycles RFP!

Map of Urban Waters Small Grants since 2012
Urban Waters Small Grants since 2012


The mission of EPA’s Urban Waters Program is to help local residents and their organizations, particularly those in underserved communities, restore their urban waters in ways that also benefit community and economic revitalization.

For the 2015/2016 grant cycle, EPA seeks to fund projects that address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities.

Under this announcement, the EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Note that, proposed project activities must take place entirely within one of the Eligible Geographic Areas, as illustrated on the interactive map provided on the Urban Waters Small Grants mapping website.

EPA hosted a national Information Session via webinar on Oct 22, 2015 at 2pm EST.

Past Recipients

Since its inception in 2012, the program has awarded approximately $5.3 million in Urban Waters Small Grants to 92 organizations across the country and Puerto Rico. The grants are competed and awarded every two years, with individual award amounts of up to $60,000.

The Urban Waters Small Grants are expanding the ability of communities to engage in activities that improve water quality in a way that also advances community priorities. Our program recognizes that healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational, social and employment opportunities in nearby communities.