Remember FedFUNDS Tool for Disaster Reimbursement
November 1, 2012
EPA’s FedFUNDS tool (Federal Funding for Utilities – Water and Wastewater – in National Disasters) may be just what your water (or wastewater) systems need to help them apply for disaster reimbursement from an array of Federal agencies. An intuitive tool, Fed FUNDS provides information tailored to the water sector as well as tips and application forms (all in one place) for various federal disaster funding programs such as:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Grant Program
- FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants
- EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Clean Water State Revolving Fund
- Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Programs
To see what the tool has to offer and to see how it works, go to: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/funding/fedfunds/index.cfm
Once on the web page, note that the “Which Funding is Right for You?” button can provide funding tips for utilities during a Presidentially Declared Disaster (e.g., Hurricane Sandy). Also, the “Currently in a Disaster?” button offers quick ways to document the damage/repairs during the disaster for later reimbursement.
For additional information on FedFUNDS or Federal disaster funding/ recovery, contact your EPA Regional point of contact. For questions about Fed FUNDS related to Hurricane Sandy, contact David Goldbloom-Helzner at Goldbloom-Helzner.David@epa.gov.