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IEPA Unsewered Communities Construction and Planning Grants Available

Wednesday, September 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Annie Storey
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The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Director John Kim announced two grant opportunities to assist communities with inadequate or nonexistent wastewater collection and treatment facilities. Illinois EPA is making $100 million available through Governor Pritzker’s bipartisan Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan over the next five years ($20M per year) for construction grants for wastewater collection and/or treatment facilities. Illinois EPA is also making $1 million per year available for each of the next four years for planning grants to assist small and disadvantaged communities in developing a project plan that identifies a solution to wastewater collection and treatment needs. Notices of Funding Opportunities have been posted for both programs. Applicants are required to pre-qualify through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Grantee Portal the link is here: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/GATA/Pages/default.aspx .

 

Illinois EPA is aware of more than 200 Illinois communities that have inadequate or nonexistent wastewater collection and treatment facilities. Some communities rely on individual septic tank systems, which often provide inadequate treatment leading to illegal surface discharges. For communities where wastewater “collection” facilities are present, these facilities are often Unsewered Communities Grant Programs patchworks of decades-old underground “wildcat” systems that also result in illegal surface discharges. For unsewered communities, affordability is the greatest hurdle to overcome.

 

The Unsewered Communities Planning Grant Program (UCPGP) provides an opportunity to receive grant money to develop a Project Plan that will address problems with the collection and treatment of wastewater. Eventually, this information could be used in the application for a project that would be funded by the Unsewered Communities Construction Grant Program. The UCPGP NOFO can be found at:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/GATA/grants/sitepages/csfa.aspx?page=opportunity.aspx?nofo%3d1668    

All required UCPGP forms and information can also be found at: https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/grants-loans/unsewered-communities/Pages/UCPGP.aspx . Applications for the UCPGP program will be accepted through 5:00 PM (CST) on November 30, 2020.

 

The Unsewered Communities Construction Grant Program (UCCGP) provides an opportunity to receive grant funds which would help finance the corrective action needed to address issues with wastewater collection and treatment. The UCCGP NOFO can be found at: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/GATA/grants/sitepages/csfa.aspx?page=opportunity.aspx?nofo%3d1667  

All required UCCGP forms and information can be found at: https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/grants-loans/unsewered-communities/Pages/UCCGP.aspx  Applications for the UCCGP will be accepted through 5:00 PM (CST) on December 31, 2020.

For both grant opportunities, applicants may not apply for a grant until they are pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal.

 

If you have any questions in regards to this information please e-mail Lanina Clark with IEPA at Lanina.Clark@Illinois.gov.

 


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