Clean Water State Revolving Fund


  • The Clean Water Fund has been capitalized for 20 years and can fund individual projects up to $30 million.
  • The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program was created by the 1987 amendments to the Federal Clean Water Act.
  • The CWSRF Program replaced the earlier Construction Grants program.
  • Congress provides funds for states to establish revolving loan programs for funding of wastewater treatment facilities and projects associated with estuary and nonpoint source programs.
  • States provide 20% matching funds.

Types of Funding Available

  • Low-interest loans (1/2 of market interest rates)
  • Limited amount of principal forgiveness loans
  • 0% interest loans available for Green Projects and for rehabilitation projects for certain local government units

Eligible Applicants

  • Local Government Units (counties, cities, towns, sanitary districts, etc.)

Eligible Projects

  • Wastewater treatment
  • Wastewater collection
  • Reclaimed water
  • Stormwater BMPs
  • Stream restoration
  • Energy efficiency at treatment works or collection systems

Key Program Requirements

  • Loan maximum is $30 million.
  • Construction must start within 24 months of Letter of Intent to Fund.
  • Closing fee of 2% (which cannot be financed).
  • Local Government Commission (LGC) must approve all loans.


  • The CWSRF Program has two funding cycles per year, typically in March and September.
  • Refer to Funding Program Application Information for detailed information on application deadlines and requirements.
  • Contact Ken Pohlig PE at (919) 707-9170 or via email at with application questions.

Application Training

Fall 2021 Funding Application Training is scheduled for July 27-Aug. 5 at six locations statewide:

Hendersonville, Valdese, Winston-Salem, Research Triangle Park, Winterville, Pembroke

Fall 2021 Application Training Registration and Location Information

Documents for use in Funding Application Training:

2021 Fall Priority Rating System Guidance and Form

2021 Fall Supplemental Viable Utility Reserve Form

2021 Fall Financial Information Form

2021 Fall MRF Priority Rating System Guidance

2021 Fall AIA Priority Rating System Guidance

2021 Fall Supplemental Guidance for Additional Consideration

2021 Fall Division Application

2021 Fall CDBG-I Application Guidance

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