Application Training

Spring 2024 Funding Round 

Applications for loan and grant funding for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater (construction only) projects must be received by the Division no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

NC DEQ’s Division of Water Infrastructure

Announces Spring 2024 Funding Application Training at Five Locations Statewide

Asheville, Hickory, Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Greenville

Feb. 27 through March 8, 2024

Session on March 5 is also offered virtually and will be recorded for posting on the Division’s website.

 

Applications for loan and grant funding for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater (construction only) projects must be received by the Division no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

 

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend training. There is no cost to register. 

Training will cover information on funding programs, application package completion, Priority Rating Systems, funding timelines, and will include instructions on how to apply for Lead Service Line Replacement/Inventory funding. A primer for utilities designated as Distressed will also be provided.

Schedule and Locations for Spring 2024 Application Training Sessions

RSVP by registering online prior to the desired session. All training sessions contain the same content. Application materials will be available on the DIvision website before training begins. Maps for each of the venues will also be located here before training starts.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, Asheville, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (35 seats available)

Land of Sky Regional Council of Governments

339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140, Asheville, NC 28806

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, Hickory, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (30 seats available)

Western Piedmont Council of Governments

1880 2nd Ave. NW, Hickory, NC 28601

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, Raleigh, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (50 seats available)

Albemarle Building, 2nd floor

325 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

*Parking is available in Visitor Lot 2 (Deck 75) on N. Salisbury Street.

**Main entrance is on N. Salisbury Street. Please check in with the receptionist.

A virtual option is also available on this day only. A recording of this training will be available on the Division website after this session.

Webex link for online participation:

https://ncgov.webex.com/ncgov/j.php?MTID=med6d20671cdd96ca2f0711a3554c0d86 

(Password: NCDWICall-In #: 415.655.0003, Access Code: 2434 645 4791). WebEx invitations will go out the week of the training (March 4).

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (30 seats available)

 

Mid-Carolina Regional Council of Governments

 

6205 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304

Friday, March 8, 2024, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (40 seats available)

Pitt County Cooperative Extension (Agriculture Center), Mark W. Owens Auditorium

403 Government Circle, Suite 2, Greenville, NC, 27834

Funding Availability for Spring 2024 Applications

Applications will be considered for the following funding programs in the Spring 2024 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 Community Development Block Grant-Infrastructure program, the State Revolving Funds, including Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds, the State Reserves, and the Viable Utility Reserve. Local government units and non-profit water/wastewater corporations (and investor-owned drinking water utilities for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund) may apply for funding.


    • The Community Development Block Grant-Infrastructure (CDBG-I) program will provide grants to fund 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 per applicant every three years.

    • The State Revolving Funds (SRFs) will provide low-interest loans (including loans that may be partially forgiven) for drinking water and wastewater projects. In addition to the SRF funds typically available, this round will include the use of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funds, and BIL Lead Service Line Replacement funds. Eligible utilities may 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. Limits vary for Emerging Contaminants and for Lead Service Line Replacement funding.

    • State Reserve Program (SRP) construction projects: Grant and loan funding will be available for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. The latest information on funding availability and limits will be shared during application training. Eligible utilities may apply for up to $3 million every 3 years.

  • Applications for drinking water and wastewater planning projects will be considered for funding from the Viable Utility Reserve (VUR). VUR grants are available to local government units designated as distressed by the State Water Infrastructure Authority and Local Government Commission. Grant funding may be available for Asset Inventory and Assessment grants and Merger/Regionalization Feasibility grants. 

  • Applications for stormwater construction projects will be considered for funding from the Local Assistance for Stormwater Infrastructure Investments (LASII) fund. Grant funding will be available to cities and counties, and regional Councils of Government and non-profit entities partnering with cities and counties, to improve or create infrastructure for controlling stormwater quantity and quality. Funding is offered only for stormwater construction projects. Funding is NOT offered for stormwater planning projects or to develop/implement a new stormwater utility. Stormwater construction grant limits up to $5 million per applicant or up to $7.5 million total if two or more units of local government are collaborating on one project are available.

 

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