Funding Programs and Application Information American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding The first application funding round utilizing ARPA funds will be the Spring 2022 Funding Round. Application deadline: May 2, 2022. Proposed Plan to Administer American Rescue Plan Act's State Fiscal Recovery Funding Spring 2022 Application Training sessions for all Division funding programs, including ARPA information, are scheduled Feb. 21 through March 3, 2022 as indicated below: SPRING 2022 FUNDING APPLICATION TRAINING (INCLUDING ARPA INFORMATION): Mon., 2/21/2022: Asheville, 10 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Location: Land-of-Sky COG, 339 New Leicester Highway, #140, Asheville 28803 Tues., 2/22/22: Hickory, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Western Piedmont COG, 1880 2nd Avenue NW, Hickory 28601 Mon., 2/28/22: Raleigh, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Available both in-person and via WebEx) Address: Archdale Bldg., Ground Floor Hearing Rm., 512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh 27604 Wed., 3/2/22: Williamston, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: NC Telecenter, 415 East Boulevard, #130, Williamston, NC 27892 Thurs., 3/3/22: Pembroke, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Lumber River COG, 30 C. J. Walker Road, COMtech Park, Pembroke 28372 The division provides low interest loans and grants for local governments and certain other non-profit entities for water infrastructure through the programs listed below. Contact us if you need assistance determining which program is the best fit for your project needs! Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF): Provides low-interest loans to local government units and certain non-profit water corporations for projects to provide safe drinking water. Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF): Provides low interest loans to local government units to fund wastewater collection and treatment facilities as well as programs associated with estuary and non-point sources. Community Development Block Grant – Infrastructure: Provides grants to local government units to address water and wastewater infrastructure needs in HUD qualified low to moderate income communities. State Wastewater & Drinking Water Reserve Programs: Provides grants for technical assistance and for construction of critical needs for wastewater collection systems, wastewater treatment works, and public water system projects. Merger/Regionalization Feasibility Grant Program: Provides grants for studies to evaluate the potential consolidation of two or more systems into one system and the potential physical interconnection with another system for regional wastewater treatment or regional water supply. Asset Inventory and Assessment Grant Program: Provides grants for developing asset inventories, condition assessment of critical assets, and other components of a comprehensive asset management programs. Application Process Applications are accepted either once or twice per year, depending on the funding program. Depending on the funds available and the number of applications received, funding awards are often competitive. Each application includes a priority rating form that evaluates the proposed project in terms of need for the project, environmental benefits, system management, and financial situation. After the deadline for each funding round, the division reviews all applications and assigns priority rating points as described in the guidance based on information provided in the application. The division ranks the projects in priority point order and makes recommendations to the State Water Infrastructure Authority. The authority is responsible for making final decisions for project funding. Important Application Information at link below: Application Forms and Instructions The tabs at this link include all of the application forms for each program. Complete all forms in the Common Forms tab for every program. For each program, complete the Priority Points Rating Sheet for that program only, following the appropriate guidance. The CDBG-I Program will have additional forms that must be completed as noted. Additional resources to use while completing applications are found in the last tab. Contact us if you need assistance preparing your application.