Application Training

Spring 2023 funding applications closed on May 1, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. 

Lead Service Line Replacement Project Solicitation Forms will continue to be accepted beyond May 1, on an ongoing basis.

Division of Water Infrastructure conducted five Spring 2023 application training sessions statewide, in Hendersonville (2/28), Hickory (3/1), Raleigh (3/6), Pembroke (3/8) and Williamston (3/9). (Raleigh session on March 6 was also offered virtually.)

Training covered programmatic information, application package completion, Priority Rating Systems, a primer for Viable Utilities, funding expectations, funding timelines, and included an overview of new Lead Service Line Replacement funding and Emerging Contaminant funding.

March 2023 Recording of Training for Funding Applications & Lead Service Line Replacement Project Solicitations

2023 Spring Application Training PowerPoint Presentation (updated 3/15/23)


Please note: Applications / forms must be submitted online as instructed in the Application for Funding and in the Project Solicitation Form for Lead Service Line Replacement Funding.

Application Process, Forms, Guidance and Resources

Submit your application packages electronically here.

  • Applications are accepted either once or twice per year, depending on the funding program.
  • 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.

Visit the Division's I Need Funding page.

Funding Availability for Spring 2023 Applications

Applications will be considered for the following funding programs in the Spring 2023 funding round and will be covered in the training session:

  • Applications for drinking water and wastewater construction projects will be considered for funding from the State Revolving Funds and the Community Development Block Grant-Infrastructure programs.
    • The State Revolving Funds (SRFs) will provide low-interest loans (including principal forgiveness loans) for wastewater and drinking water projects. In addition to the SRF funds typically available, this round will include the use of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) general supplemental funds. Applications for addressing emerging contaminants (e.g. PFAS) and for identifying and replacing lead service lines will also be accepted. Local government units and non-profit water corporations (and investor-owned drinking water utilities for drinking water projects) are eligible to apply for up to $25 million in Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loans and up to $35 million in Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans.
    • The Community Development Block Grant-Infrastructure (CDBG-I) program will provide grants to fund wastewater and drinking water projects in areas that meet the U.S. Housing and Urban Development low-to-moderate income threshold (LMI).  It is available to non-entitlement municipalities and counties and offers grants up to $3 million grants per applicant every three years.
  • Applications for stormwater planning projects will be considered for funding from the Local Assistance for Stormwater Infrastructure Investments (LASII) fund. Stormwater planning grants will be available to conduct research or investigative studies, alternatives analyses, the preparation of engineering concept plans or engineering designs, and similar activities intended to help an eligible entity determine the best solutions for the entity’s stormwater quality or quantity issue and to engineer and permit the solutions. Nature-based solutions are allowed. Municipalities and counties (or their regional Council of Government or nonprofit partners) are eligible to apply for up to $400,000 per applicant. The ARPA administration plan for stormwater funding is available on the Division website.


Division of Water Infrastructure Funding Programs 

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!

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding