Compliance Funding

Funding Opportunities

There is no funding specific to MS4 Compliance. However, there are many opportunities to gain direct funding which can be used for compliance. In addition to these options, some communities have formed collaboratives to share the responsibilities and costs of equipment, monitoring, public education, etc. Connecticut's first, the Eastern CT Stormwater Collaborative, was formed in 2018. Another example is the Central Massachusetts Stormwater Coalition. It is a good idea to check with your regional Council of Government (COG) to see if they are coordinating any efforts to pool resources.

 


CT DEEP Climate Resilience Fund

We wanted to let you know that the CT DEEP Climate Resilience Funding can be used for feasibility studies for stormwater utility development.

About the funding:

The Climate Resilience Fund is meant to provide a jumpstart for developing a resilience project pipeline which can win federal grant support for construction and implementation. This grant will NOT cover construction and implementation – only planning and initial steps of development prior to submission for competitive federal grants. For implementation, some grants which may be of interest for stormwater resilience projects are the Clean Water Fund Reserve for Construction of Green Infrastructure and the Reserve for Construction of Resiliency Projects. Some of the hazards requiring climate resilience action relevant to stormwater utilities are extreme precipitation, flooding from riverine, stormwater, tidal sources, or a combination, as well sea level rise.

There are two tracks for grant proposals:

  • Track 1 is planning. Applicants can seek up $250,000 for planning of climate mitigation projects. This track will be for communities which have not planned for resilience before and are unaware of what their vulnerability is or have completed climate mitigation planning but are unaware of how climate change may affect those plans. The deadline for Track 1 applications is 11:59pm on November 10th, 2022.
  • Track 2 is project development and is for advancing resilience project scoping and development. There is no cap on funding requests, but requests are expected to range from $300,000 to $700,000. This track will be for communities who have completed planning and identified projects which will reduce risk of impact of climate hazards if implemented. The deadline for Track 2 applications is 11:59pm on December 1st, 2022.

Feasibility Studies

Feasibility studies can be used as an expense under a local funding strategy component of a budget for Track 1 or Track 2 grant proposals. No match is required for the DEEP Climate Resilience Fund. A stormwater feasibility study is an eligible expense so applicants can include that as part of their proposed scope of work and budget.

For feasibility studies as a standalone activity for grant proposals, please email: DEEP.climateresilience@ct.gov for a brief meeting and separate application. For these standalone activities, they will follow the Track 2 deadline. Please reach out by Nov 15 to ensure time for conversation and completed application by Dec 1. 

More information

For more information, check out the FAQ document recently released by DEEP or check out the following information webinars they will be holding:

  • Budget and Milestone Chart Details and Q&A– October 27: Register
    This webinar, beginning at 1pm, will provide much more detail on developing the budget and milestone chart components of your application. It will have at least 30 minutes reserved for Q&A. A link to the recording, along with a transcript and copy of the slides will be posted.
  • Office Hours
    • During this one-hour period, prospective applicants can ask questions. These sessions will be recorded and posted: Thursday, October 27: 11am to 12pm: Register
  • Previous Webinars:

Stormwater Utilities

As of July 1st, 2021, Connecticut municipalities can now implement their own stormwater utilities. These utilities function the same as other utilities, such as water or sewage, charging a fee on impervious cover in order to generate sustainable funding for stormwater management. Just as residents pay a fee for how much water they use, which in return funds the drinking water services within their area, stormwater utilities charge residents and property owners on the amount of impervious cover on their property. The fee is not based on property tax, but on impervious cover, allowing all properties, even tax-exempt properties, to contribute to the stormwater fund. This funding can be used directly for Stormwater Management and MS4 compliance.

For more information, check out our Stormwater Utilities page and out Stormwater Utility and MS4 Compliance Fact Sheet.


EPA: New England Stormwater Toolbox Equipment Loan Program

This EPA program supplies NGOs within New England with a loan of stormwater monitoring equipment. This equipment can then be distributed to any municipalities regulated by the MS4 for assistance in volunteer monitoring. The equipment includes water quality monitoring equipment such as a YSI, Colorimeter and Test strips to monitor WQ parameters, Chlorine, Ammonia, and Surfactants. The loan comes with initial supplies, but does not come with any replenishing or consumable supplies (gloves, reagents, etc). The program runs on a year long schedule with applications due in the Winter and toolboxes sent out in the Spring to be returned in the Fall.

There are 6 toolboxes for loan. The loan program is open to all NGO monitoring groups - groups subject to MS4 permit requirements are not eligible. Watershed associations are the most common applicants, but most non-governmental organizations are eligible. EPA typically verifies with the individual entity to determine eligibility if it comes into question. There is no limit to how many times a group can apply. A Quality Assurance Program or Project Plan must be submitted with the application.

For more information, reach out to coombs.michelle@epa.gov or download the loan program plan.