EPA Announces New Water Infrastructure Climate Resilience Grant

On September 7, 2023, EPA announced $19 million in new grant funding to improve the climate resilience of the nation’s water infrastructure. EPA’s Drinking Water System Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability grant program will support drinking water systems in underserved, small and disadvantaged communities to prepare for and reduce vulnerability to impacts from climate change ranging from extreme flooding to extreme drought. Through this grant, EPA is seeking applications for projects that will benefit underserved, small, and disadvantaged communities.

This grant will be made available through a competitive Request for Application process. Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity include public water systems, a water system located in an area governed by an Indian Tribe, eligible territories, and states on behalf of communities that are underserved and small or disadvantaged. Eligible activities for funding include planning, design, construction, implementation, operation, or maintenance of a program or project that increases drinking water system resilience to natural hazards. The funding opportunity will remain open for 60 days on the Grants.gov webpage.