Small and Disadvantaged Communities Drinking Water Grant

Posted: June 30, 2020

Deadline: July 24, 2020

Grantor: Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA)

Additional Information
The Small and Disadvantaged Communities Drinking Water Grant (SDCDW Grant), authorized by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, will provide funding for drinking water projects in underserved communities, which means the water system has violated a requirement of a national primary drinking water regulation. The objective of the SDCDW Grant is to support drinking water projects in communities that are unable to finance projects to comply with drinking water regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

  • Only those counties and municipalities certified as Qualified Local Governments by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the water and sewer authorities within those certified governments may receive funding under this program.
  • Only applicants within counties that have current DCA-certified Service Delivery Agreements (HB 489) may receive funding under this program and the proposed project must be consistent with the verified strategy.
  • Applicants must be in compliance with state audit requirements. Compliance questions can be answered here.
  • All applicants within the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District (MNGWPD) must be certified by the director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) as either being in compliance or making a good faith effort to comply with all MNGWPD plans and/or enforcement measures.
  • Project must conform to applicant's regional Water Development and Conservation Plan, once adopted.
  • All applicants must adopt and enforce the state minimum standard plumbing code provisions outlined in O.C.G.A. Section 8-2-3 in order to be eligible to receive funding.
  • The applicant must be able to provide a cost-share of 45 percent of the total project budget. The cost share can be provided from one or more of the following fund sources: local funds, in-kind contributions, a Georgia Fund loan from GEFA, a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) commitment from DCA, a Water and Waste Disposal loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD), or federal disaster relief funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).
Program Contact
Please contact Sarah Oken at (404) 584-1023 or for more information.

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