Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program

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The Clean Water Infrastructure Act invests $3 billion in clean and drinking water infrastructure projects and water quality protection across New York. As part of the Act, the New York State Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program (IMG) authorized the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) to provide at least $150 million in grants to assist municipalities in support of intermunicipal water quality infrastructure projects. IMG grants are available for both drinking water and sewage treatment works (clean water) projects that serve multiple municipalities, such as a shared water quality infrastructure project or the interconnection of multiple municipal water systems. Cooperating municipalities with an eligible project may be awarded an IMG grant up to $10 million or 40% of net eligible project costs, whichever is less.

For more information on the IMG program, please refer to the IMG Grant Summary.

Eligibility

IMG grants are available only to the following: county, city, town, village, district corporation, county or town improvement district, school district, Indian nation or tribe recognized by the state or the United States with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State, any public benefit corporation or public authority established pursuant to the laws of New York or any agency of the State that is empowered to construct and operate a water quality infrastructure project. (School districts are eligible for DWSRF financial assistance but are ineligible for Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) financial assistance.

Eligible projects include water quality infrastructure projects at municipally-owned sewage treatment works OR municipally-owned public water systems for construction, replacement or repair of infrastructure; or compliance with environmental and public health laws and regulations related to water quality.

Each IMG project must meet the following criteria:

  • Serve multiple municipalities;
  • Be a shared drinking water or sewage treatment infrastructure project, such as shared water quality infrastructure or the interconnection of multiple municipal water systems;
  • Have a valid and binding project Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) between at least two cooperating municipalities related to financing of the IMG project;
  • Designate a “lead municipality” that applies on behalf of all cooperating municipalities;
  • Result in construction of the project;
  • Not have started construction before October 1, 2018;
  • Not have completed construction before May 1, 2019;
  • Not have closed an SRF financing; and
  • Not be for the construction of water infrastructure that exclusively supports new development, whether residential or commercial.

Funds made available through the IMG grant program can be used for costs associated with project planning, design, and construction services as long as those costs result in a completed eligible infrastructure improvement project.

Evaluation Criteria

In evaluating projects, EFC and DOH will consider factors such as the water quality improvement or reduction in risk to public health, readiness to advance construction, level of demonstrated community support, and the benefits to multiple municipalities. 

Requirements

EFC is committed to promoting participation opportunities for New York State ("State") certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises ("MWBEs") and federal disadvantaged business enterprises ("DBEs"), and equal employment opportunities ("EEO") for minority group members and women in the performance of EFC contracts as well as contracts that receive financial assistance through EFC's various programs.

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The goal of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act is to encourage and support eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in the state's economy by increasing their participation in New York State's contracting opportunities. 

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Applicable only if the applicant is seeking either Clean Water or Drinking Water SRF Financing.

The utilization of iron and steel products that are produced in the United States is required for construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of public water systems or treatment works funded wholly or in part by SRF financial assistance. 

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Applicable only if the applicant is seeking either Clean Water or Drinking Water SRF Financing.

Requirements regarding prevailing wages, hours of work, and rates of pay are required for contracts in excess of $2,000 and are funded wholly or in part by SRF financial assistance. 

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