The Water Quality Control Division's Grants and Loans Unit offers a variety of grants including the new Nutrients Grant Program; Drinking Water and Wastewater Planning and Design Grants; State Revolving Funds (SRF), Small Systems Training and Technical Assistance (SSTTA) Grants, and Water Quality Improvement Fund (WQIF).
The Grants and Loans Unit will not be issuing a Request for Application for the base Water Quality Improvement (WQIF) or Small System Training and Technical Assistance (SSTTA) grants for 2014. If you need assistance with funding options, please contact the project manager designated for your county. Thank you.
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Drinking Water and Wastewater
The Pre-Loan Planning / Design Grant Assistance Program provides financial assistance to small communities to assist with covering costs associated with the Drinking Water Revolving Fund and Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund program requirements. Pre-loan assistance funds may be used for engineering planning documents, environmental review process, technical, managerial and financial capacity assessment, design documents and/or plans and specifications.
Financial assistance up to $10,000 can be awarded to a governmental entity. The following criteria must be met:
The intent of the SSTTA grant program is to assist small systems with costs associated with planning/design of systems. Grants are available to communities with populations under 10,000 and Median Household Income (MHI) less than 80% of Colorado or current/post project water monthly rates are equal to or greater than the state average. Applications will be prioritized based on the criteria in the Drinking Water IUP, Appendix A or G. Communities can apply for financial assistance up to $20,000.
Applications are no longer being accpected.
In addition to the low-interest loans, the state revolving fund offers principle forgiveness loans to disadvantage communities through a prioritized process during the June cycle. To learn more visit the SRF page.
The purpose of the Water Quality Improvement Fund (WQIF) is to improve water quality in Colorado by providing grant funds for water quality improvement projects using civil penalties from water quality violations. House Bill 11-1026 amended the statute to authorize grants for stormwater management training and best practices training to prevent or reduce the pollution of state waters.
Governmental agencies, publicly owned water systems, private not- for- profit public water systems, not- for- profit watershed groups, not-for-profit stormwater program administrator, not- for- profit training provider, and private landowners impacted by a water quality violation are eligible to apply for grant funds. Please note: governmental agencies are only eligible for Category 3 funding.
2013 applications are no longer being accepted.
Requests for a Word copy of the Application and all other questions can be forwarded to Louanna Cruz (303) 692-3604 or email@example.com. Subject line: WQIF Grant Question
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Water Quality Control Division
Grants and Loans Unit
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, B-2
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Phone: (303) 692-2053
Fax: (303) 782-0390