The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) has a grant program that is designed to help local governments obtain money for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Here’s what you need to know about the program.
Point Source Implementation Grant (PSIG) Program
Cities, counties, townships, and sanitary districts in Minnesota.
WHAT IT’S FOR:
The Point Source Implementation Grant (PSIG) program provides grants to governmental units to assist with the cost of wastewater infrastructure projects necessary to:
- Meet waste load reduction requirements under Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation plans.
- Reduce the discharge of total phosphorus to one milligram per liter or less.
- Meet other secondary limits.
- Meet a total nitrogen limit of one milligram per liter or less for a land-based treatment system.
TYPE OF FUNDING:
Projects are funded by grants, which cover up to 50% of eligible costs, with a $3 million maximum.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE:
Wastewater projects must be listed on the MPCA’s Project Priority List (PPL) and eligible as-bid costs must be certified prior to a grant award. Similarly, drinking water projects must also be listed on the Minnesota Department of Health PPL. The deadline to have a project included on each PPL varies: it is early March of each year for wasetwater projects, and early May for drinking water.
The PSIG application is generally accepted at the offices of the Public Facilities Authority (PFA) throughout June and July of each year. It is estimated that funds will be available to award PSIG grant applications by June 30, 2016. The application itself is a mix of narrative and form-driven requirements, including project descriptions and project budgets.
If you have a project that needs funding, contact one of Widseth Smith Nolting’s funding specialists today.