EFC’s Community Assistance Program is designed to provide direct assistance to small, rural communities in New York State for the organization and completion of water/wastewater projects eligible for State Revolving Fund (SRF) financing. In the development of the SRF, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized that leaders of smaller communities generally lacked the resources to organize a major infrastructure project, retain the needed professional services, and develop funding applications, in addition to running the day to day affairs of their community. This realization resulted in SRF funding of a program to provide needed project assistance to communities at no additional cost.
The program consists of two related aspects, as discussed below: 1) our project development services and 2) funding coordination. The Community Assistance Program is located within the Engineering and Program Management Division of EFC and consists of full-time members, plus administrative/clerical assistance.