Assistance for Small and Disadvantaged
Communities Drinking Water Grant Program
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The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016 authorizes the	 and dr mkinc wat lr
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to award grants to assist disadvantaged
communities and small communities with meeting the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act
(SDWA).
Description
To assist small and disadvantaged communities with improving their drinking water resources, Congress
appropriated $20 million for fiscal year 2018 and $25 million for fiscal year 2019, for a total of
approximately $45 million in grant funding. Grants will be awarded as non-competitive grants to states,
with a 2 percent tribal allotment of $900K.
The grant program is designed to help public water systems in underserved communities meet and comply
with SDWA requirements. The grant program will provide assistance to underserved communities that
have no household drinking water or wastewater services or are served by a public water system that
violates or exceeds any Maximum Containment Level, treatment technique, or action level.
Eligible Entities
Grants will be awarded to states and tribes to support underserved communities that meet the small or
disadvantage statutory definition. A small or disadvantaged community is one:
	That the state determines to be a disadvantaged community under SDWA section 1452(d)(3) or
may become a disadvantaged community as a result of carrying out a project or activity, or
	With a population of less than 10,000 individuals that does not have the capacity to incur debt
sufficient to finance a project to comply with the SDWA.
Eligible Projects
Projects eligible for assistance include those to return a public water system to compliance; efforts that
benefit disadvantaged communities on a per household basis; programs to provide household water quality
testing, including testing for unregulated contaminants; and activities necessary for a state to respond to a
contaminant.
Approach
EPA will award funding to states based on an allocation formula similar to that of the Drinking Water State
Revolving Fund, including a tribal allotment. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 2020.
The Grant Program requires a match of 45% in the form of monetary funding, services, materials, supplies,
or other in-kind services. Match requirements are waived for all tribal recipients and the "Insular Areas",
which includes the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
States will need to develop a robust list of fundable projects that meet the requirements of the grant
program to receive funding. States will consult with EPA regional offices on their project and activity lists
prior to final selection.
Tribal Guidance
The tribal allotment is approximately $900K. The EPA is currently exploring opportunities to implement this
grant through regional programs and is seeking tribal comments until March 22, 2019.

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For more information please visit https://www.epa.gov/qround-water-and-drinkinq-
water/drinkinq-water-qrants

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