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EPA Announces New Grants for Non-Profits for Small System Technical Assistance

Yesterday (9/30), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $15 million in funding for non-profit technical assistance and training providers that work to improve the drinking water and water quality of small communities. Funding will be used by non-profit organizations to provide small drinking water and wastewater systems with training and technical assistance to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA), improve operational performance, and help inform private well owners about protecting their drinking water supply and improving water quality. This new grant program is separate and distinct from EPA’s grants for states and tribes to provide direct assistance to small and disadvantaged water systems.

Eligible applicants for this competitive agreement are non-profit organizations and inter-tribal consortia that are incorporated as nonprofits. Questions about applying for EPA funding for training and technical assistance must be received by EPA by November 4, 2019 and applications must be received by November 14, 2019. EPA expects to award these cooperative agreements by Spring 2020. More information on these grants can be found here.