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Facility Planning Grants

DEQ’s Planning Grant Program provides assistance to eligible wastewater and drinking water systems. These grants are used to develop engineering reports identifying the most cost-effective, environmentally sound method of upgrading a system to achieve and maintain compliance with state and federal standards. Grants cover up to 50% of eligible planning costs, with a max amount of 45k for drinking water grants and 65k for wastewater grants. The remaining cost is the grant recipient’s responsibility.

This Year's Grant Recipients

The list below is the 2021 fiscal year grant recipients.

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Eligibility – Drinking water planning grants are available to community water systems (serve at least 15 service connections used by year-round residents or regularly serve at least 25 year-round residents) and nonprofit, noncommunity public water systems (serve the public but do not serve the same people year-round). Most systems owned by Idaho municipalities, special water districts, and associations are eligible for grants.

Grants are not provided to systems without the financial capability to pay the non-grant share of a planning project or to those that are delinquent in payment of permit and fee assessments.

Grant Process – DEQ contacts eligible systems to apply for planning grants annually. Interested systems must submit a letter of interest (LOI) between October and January for the following fiscal year. DEQ evaluates, rates, and ranks the LOIs for inclusion on the next annual priority list. Rating criteria focus on potential public health and environmental risks, the extent to the planning process will address the long-term viability of the system (i.e., sustainability), and the status of the system’s compliance with state and federal regulations. Rating forms and letters of interest can be found in the Resources section.

The highest-rated projects are invited to submit a planning grant application. The number of grants offered each year is limited to available funding. Systems selected to receive grants must hire a professional engineer to survey the existing condition of the system, develop and screen alternatives, recommended an alternative, and evaluate the potential environmental impacts. An environmental information document is required for all grant recipients seeking State Revolving Fund financing and may be required to develop and implement mitigation measures as the project moves into design and construction.

If interested, first call and discuss the issues facing your system with local DEQ regional office staff.  Most systems find it in their best interest to have a consulting engineer assist them with the completion of the LOI. Second, notify DEQ in writing by submitting an LOI form to DEQ on or before January 8, 2021.

Eligibility – Wastewater planning grants are available for counties, cities, special service districts, other governmental entities, nonprofit corporations, and combinations thereof that have the authority to collect, treat, or dispose of wastewater. Most systems owned by Idaho municipalities, special service districts, and associations are eligible for grants.

Grants are not provided to systems without the financial capability to pay the non-grant share of a planning project or to those that are delinquent in payment of permit and fee assessments.

Grant Process – DEQ contacts eligible systems to apply for planning grants annually. Interested systems must submit a letter of interest (LOI) between October and January for the following fiscal year. DEQ evaluates, rates, and ranks the LOIs for inclusion on the next annual priority list. Rating criteria focus on potential public health and environmental risks, the extent to the planning process will address the long-term viability of the system (i.e., sustainability), and the status of the system’s compliance with state and federal regulations. Rating forms and letters of interest can be found in the Resources section.

The highest-rated projects are invited to submit a planning grant application. The number of grants offered each year is limited to available funding. Systems selected to receive grants must hire a professional engineer to survey the existing condition of the system, develop and screen alternatives, recommended an alternative, and evaluate the potential environmental impacts. An environmental information document is required for all grant recipients seeking State Revolving Fund financing and may be required to develop and implement mitigation measures as the project moves into design and construction.

If interested, first call and discuss the issues facing your system with local DEQ regional office staff.  Most systems find it in their best interest to have a consulting engineer assist them with the completion of the LOI. Second, notify DEQ in writing by submitting an LOI form to DEQ on or before January 8, 2021.

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Grants and Loans Bureau Chief

MaryAnna Peavey
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov
(208) 373-0122

Grants and Loans Coordinator

Charlie Parkins
Charlie.Parkins@deq.idaho.gov
(208) 373-0577

Grants and Loans Officer

Alicia Tapia Campos
alicia.tapiacampos@deq.idaho.gov
(208) 373-0210

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