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Other Funding Opportunities

DEQ provides additional assistance for drinking water and waste water systems through other funding opportunities.

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For drinking water and wastewater systems that are eligible for SRF funding, DEQ has allocated $200,000 for drinking water systems and $200,000 for wastewater systems to address emergency needs every fiscal year. These funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All requests must be submitted to the Grants and Loans Bureau Chief in the DEQ State Office (see the Staff Contact listed below) to discuss their needs and application process. The criteria for emergency funding are outlined in each fiscal year’s SRF Intended Use Plan.  

Wastewater Systems that qualify for an SRF loan can leverage their loan to provide funding to a non-point source project funding. If a system is interested in supporting a non-point source project with no additional cost to the system, please contact the Grant & Loan staff or indicate your interest in the Letter of Interest submitted to DEQ. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please refer to Important Information for Loan Applicants in the resources section.

Public drinking water systems (and including public schools (K-12)) will have access to $500,000 per year for the entire state for projects that:

  • remediate corrosive water for systems with lead service lines or fixtures; or,
  • replaces lead pipes or fixtures; and,
  • have been identified by DEQ as at risk.

These funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. At the end of the year, unused project subsidy funds will not be rolled forward into the next year.

The CWSRF program has provided funding to the Rural Community Assistance Corporation to provide low interest rate loans and grants to refurbish or replace individual septic systems.

  • Residence must be in a rural area, town, or community in the state of Idaho with a population not exceeding 50,000.
  • Applicants must own and occupy the home served by the septic system to be renovated or replaced.
  • New home construction and systems serving other than the homeowner occupied dwelling are not eligible.
  • Households with annual income not exceeding $49,174 are income-eligible for loan assistance.
  • Households with annual income not exceeding $24,587 are income-eligible for grant assistance.
  • System renovation or replacement must require a permit and the work must be performed by a licensed contractor.
  • The homeowner’s property will be encumbered by a Deed of Trust for loans and a Grant Lien Agreement for grants.
  • Maximum amount of assistance – $15,000.
  • Associated loan costs estimated not to exceed $600, e.g., credit report, recording, and RCAC loan fee are applicant expenses and can normally be included in the loan or grant.

For more information or to apply for this funding, please go to https://www.rcac.org/lending/idaho-srf-household-septic-system-program/

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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

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