EPA Hosts Webinar on New Training/Assistance Grants

On August 19, EPA’s Sustainable Systems Team hosted a webinar for state drinking water program staff to showcase the proposed work for the latest round of training and technical assistance awards as directed by Congress.

Congratulations to the awardees – National Rural Water Association, Rural Community Assistance Partnership, and the Environmental Finance Center Network (managed through the University of North Carolina) – for successfully competing for these grants!  For this round, there are four award categories, each with a specific funding level:

Training/TA for technical capacity ($8 M total):

  • National Rural Water Association (NRWA) $4 M
  • Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) $4 M

Training/TA for managerial/financial capacity ($1.8 M):

  • University of North Carolina (UNC) Environmental Finance Center (in cooperation with all of the Environmental Finance Centers)

Assistance for Private Well Owners ($1.7M)

  • Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)

Training/TA for small/decentralized wastewater systems ($1.2 M):

  • National Rural Water Association (NRWA)

During the webinar, each organization spoke about their approach to supporting the needs of small systems; their strategy for collaborating with state drinking water programs; and some of their new training and assistance initiatives.  In the interest of time and because the audience for this event was state drinking water programs, efforts under the small/decentralized wastewater system grant award were not discussed.

EPA’s Sustainable Systems Team also unveiled a Fact Sheet that identifies the key players, their roles, and expectations of performance as outlined in the agreed to workplan.  The Fact Sheet also lists the four project officers for each award category and EPA recommends that questions, kudos, comments, or concerns be shared with them so that this award implementation process can continue to improve.

A copy of the consolidated powerpoint presentation and the Fact Sheet are available here Consolidated Slides FY14 Webinar Handout and here FY14 Training and Technical Assistance Grants Factsheet

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