Drinking Water-Related Environmental Infrastructure Assistance

What does this funding get me?

  • Low-interest loans (1/2 of market interest rates)
  • Limited amount of principal forgiveness loans

Am I eligible?

  • Local government units (counties, cities, towns, sanitary districts, etc.)
  • Nonprofit water corporations
  • Investor-owned drinking water corporations

How can I access the money?

The grant is part of the IIJA. In North Carolina, it supplemented funding already being offered by the Department of Environmental Quality’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Visit DEQ’s web page on the DWSRF for full details.

Eligible projects 

Source, treatment, storage, or transmission and distribution systems.

What are key program requirements?

  • Loan maximum is $25 million
  • Construction must start within 24 months of Letter of Intent to Fund
  • Closing fee of 2% (which cannot be financed)
  • Local Government Commission (LGC) must approve all loans

What is the timeline?

The DWSRF Program has two funding cycles per year, typically in March and September.

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

Check back later for possible additional incentives.

Where can I get more information?

  • NC DEQ’s web page on the DWSRF 
  • For application questions, contact Kavitha Ambikadevi, PE: 919-707-9048, Kavitha.Ambikadevi@ncdenr.gov or David Giachini, PE: 919-707-9191, David.Giachini@ncdenr.gov
  • You may be able to get technical assistance with this program from the EPA’s Region 4 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (EJ TCTAC), also called Resource for Assistance and Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice (REACT4EJ), which provides technical assistance to residents, community organizations, and Federally recognized tribal nations in Region 4 states including North and South Carolina. REACT4EJ can assist in developing capabilities and identifying resources for understanding or resolving EJ circumstances. Visit REACT4EJ.org to learn more and connect with their team.
  • As you look at current federal funding opportunities and those anticipated in 2024, SSDN’s Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) program has resources that may be able to help!  The LIH program supports local governments and community-based organizations that are working on cross-cutting projects at the intersection of addressing climate impacts and promoting racial wealth equity.  Learn more on the LIH website or through this one-pager.  The application for LIH support is a light lift and is linked HERE! Reach out to Nick Deffley if you have questions about eligibility or need guidance.
  • For specific questions on this program or for more assistance, contact Sally Robertson at info@energyfundsforall.org