Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) Grant and

Summary of Funding Availability

Source – MDEQ Strategic Water Quality Initiatives Fund - Michigan House Bill No. 5673 of 2012

Objective – Accelerate the statewide use of asset management to Improve water quality.

Eligible Applicants – Cities, Village, Townships, Counties, Authorities or Indian Tribes

Grant Eligible Activities

  • Asset management program for wastewater or storm water systems
    • Development of GIS inventory and mapping,
    • Cleaning and televising sewer systems
    • Acquisition of hardware and software
    • Training staff to complete and implement plan
    • Assessment of existing assets
    • Development of funding structures and an implementation plan
  • Developing a storm water management plan
  • Planning, design, user charge systems and funding applications for wastewater or storm water projects
  • Planning, design and funding applications for wetland mitigation banking
  • Testing and demonstration of innovative wastewater and storm water technologies
  • Disadvantaged communities are eligible for $500,000 of grant monies on construction activities
  • Applications and eligible activities incurred after January 2, 2013

Amounts Available

  • Grants of up to $2,000,000 with  a 10% local match for first $1M and 25% match up to $2M
  • 100% grants for disadvantaged communities, communities in receivership, communities operating under an emergency manager, or communities operating under a consent agreement
  • Grants of up to $500,000 for disadvantaged communities to implement projects in plan
  • Low interest loans are available for implementing the plan and projects

Application and Award Criteria – Awards are on a first come first serve basis for applications received on December 2, 2013. They expect the number of applications will exceed the funding available in which case they will award via lottery. Unfunded applications will receive priority for future funding in 2014.

Miscellaneous Conditions

  • Must implement plan including any required sewer rate increases, complete watershed plan or implement project within 3 years or the grant will have to be repaid with interest