Water Quality Improvement Fund Grants

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)


Grant amount: Up to US $101,825

Anticipated deadline: Dec 6, 2018 1:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado

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Overview:

The purpose of the Water Quality Improvement Fund (WQIF) is to improve water quality in Colorado by providing grant funds for water quality improvement projects using civil penalties from water quality violations. In addition, House Bill 11-1026 amended the statute to authorize grants for stormwater management training and best practices training to prevent or reduce the pollution of state waters.

Grant Program Background, Goals, and Priorities

In 2006 the Colorado General Assembly created the Water Quality Improvement Fund (WQIF) codified in section 25-8-608, C.R.S., of the Colorado Water Quality Control Act (Act) with the purpose of the fund to improve water quality in Colorado by providing grant funds for water quality improvement projects using civil penalties from water quality violations. House Bill 11-1026 amended the statute to authorize grants for stormwater management training and best practices training to prevent or reduce the pollution of state waters. Section 25- 8-608(1.7)(c), C.R.S. provides the Water Quality Control Commission (Commission) with the authority to promulgate, implement and administer this regulation.

The Commission adopted the revised WQIF Rules (5 CCR 1002-55) on June 11,2012. The Rules provide the eligibility and prioritization criteria that will be used to award grants from the WQIF. Funding is dependent upon annual spending authority from the Colorado General Assembly and is based on violations that were committed on or after May 26,2006 and penalties paid into the fund. Please refer to the “Regulation 55, State Funded Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Programs” and related documents that authorize use of the WQIF located here.

Funding Allocation

Total funding allocation for State Fiscal Year 2017 will include $728,837 of which $50,000 will be available for Category 1 projects. The remaining funds will be allocated to Categories 2-4.

The allocations from the funds will be distributed as follows:

Category 1

 Stormwater management training and best management practices training to reduce the pollution of state waters. For State FY 2017-18 the Division will allocate up to $50,000 of 11Page available funds to Category 1 with no one project receiving more than $50,000. The funding period will be March 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020.

Category 2

Projects that improve the water quality in the community or water body which has been impacted by a water quality violation. Category 2 allocation is 10% of available funds following allocation to Category 1 projects (Total Category 2: $67,883). The funding period is anticipated to begin March 1, 2018 not to exceed June 30, 2020 

Category 3 

Planning, design, construction, or repair of stormwater projects and domestic wastewater treatment facilities identified on the current fiscal year’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan. Category 3 allocation is 60% of available funds following allocation to Category 1 projects (Total Category 3: $407,302); no one project can receive more than 25% of the available funds allocated to this category. The funding period is anticipated to begin March 1, 2018 not to exceed June 30, 2020.

Category 4 

 Nonfederal match funding for the current fiscal year’s nonpoint source projects as approved by the Commission. Category 4 allocation is 30% of available funds following allocation to Category 1 projects (Total Category 4: $203,651). A separate RFA will be issued for Category 4 projects at a later date utilizing the WQCC approved 2017 Nonpoint Source Funding Cycle List. Expenditure time frames will also be determined by the Nonpoint Source Program.

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Eligibility:

  • The following are eligible to apply for grant funds:
    • Governmental agencies; (Governmental agencies are eligible only for Category 3 funding)
    • publicly owned water systems;
    • private not-for-profit public water systems;
    • not-for profit watershed groups;
    • not-for-profit stormwater program administrators in accordance with 25-8-802 C.R.S.;
    • not-for-profit training providers; and
    • private landowners impacted by a water quality violation.

Preferences:

  • If the WQIF lacks sufficient funds to cover all requests within each category, Priority 1 projects will be funded prior to Priority 2 projects, which will be funded prior to Priority 3 projects, which will be funded prior to Priority 4 projects.
    • If it is determined that there are insufficient funds in any of the priorities, further prioritization criteria will be applied as identified in Section 2.3, Figure 1 and 2. The Division may reallocate funding among categories based upon lack of requests or eligible projects within any category.
  • Criteria for funding project proposals within each category as described in Regulation 55, Section 55.4 are as follows:
  • Category 1 – Stormwater management training and best management practices training to reduce the pollution of state waters.
    • Priority 1 – Projects that implement stormwater management and best management practices training not previously available in Colorado, or previously limited in accessibility.
    • Priority 2 – Projects that will expand the content or availability of existing stormwater management and best management practices training.
    • Priority will be given to training providers that can demonstrate that training content will be relevant to implementation in Colorado with regards to Colorado’s hydrology, climate and water rights, as applicable.
    • Priority will also be given to training providers that provide no- or low-cost training.
      • A specific project may meet Priority 1 criteria over multiple years during the period that the training is being developed and established.
    • Additional prioritization criteria will include the water quality benefits, total population receiving training, availability of match, and readiness to proceed.
  • Category 2 - Projects that improve the water quality in the community or water body which has been impacted by a water quality violation.
    • Priority 1 – Projects that address impacts to a water supply designated use.
    • Priority 2 – Projects that address impacts to a recreation designated use.
    • Priority 3 – Projects that address impacts to an aquatic life designated use.
    • Priority 4 – Projects that address impacts to an agricultural or wetlands designated use.
    • Additional prioritization criteria will include financial/affordability, water quality benefits, permit compliance, readiness to proceed, and availability of match.
  • Category 3 - Planning, design, construction, or repair of stormwater projects and domestic wastewater treatment facilities identified on the current fiscal year’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan.
    • Priority 1 – Projects that improve water quality in the community or water body impacted by a violation.
    • Priority 2 – Planning, design, construction, or repair of stormwater projects.
    • Priority 3 – Projects identified on the current year’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan which may be located on the webpage.
    • Additional prioritization criteria will include financial/affordability, water quality benefits, permit compliance, readiness to proceed, and availability of match.

Ineligibility:

  • Entities that pay a Colorado Water Quality Control Act civil penalty are prohibited from receiving a grant from the WQIF for a period of 5 years from the date of the payment of the penalty.