EPA Posts Training/TA Award Opportunity

ASDWA has just learned that EPA is posting two “Request for Applications” (RFAs) today that make $15 million available on a competitive basis to provide training and technical assistance to small water and wastewater systems, onsite and decentralized wastewater systems, and private well owners.

The application deadline is April 9, 2012.  For more information – including instructions for the application process – go to: http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/sdwa/smallsystemsrfa.cfm.  EPA expects to award the cooperative agreements in the summer of 2012.

Eligible applicants are defined as nonprofit organizations, nonprofit private universities and colleges, and public institutions of higher education.  Eligible recipients of the training and technical assistance are small public water systems, small publicly-owned wastewater systems, communities served by onsite/ decentralized wastewater systems, and owners of private wells.
Of the $15 million total, EPA expects to make up to $500,000 available for training and technical assistance to tribally-owned and operated public water systems that are geographically located within EPA Region 6, 8 and 9 states where EPA has primacy responsibilities under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

If you have any questions about the public water system portion of this process, please contact Steve Hogye (see corrected post) at hogye.stephen@epa.gov.  If you have questions about the tribal RFA, please contact Nicole Schindler at schindler.nicole@epa.gov.  Questions must be received by March 30, 2012.  Responses will be posted on EPA’s website at http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/sdwa/smallsystemsrfa.cfm.

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