March 23, 2017 Funding Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the Funding Work Group is:

Date: March 23, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm

Location:
Department of Ecology
4601 N. Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205

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The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the draft version of the revised Funding Strategy.

Meeting Materials:

Funding concepts Rev 021415R1

If you would like to attend by telephone, please notify Adriane Borgias before noon on March 23, 2017 for a conference call link.

Contact Information: (abor461@ecy.wa.gov) or (509) 329-3515

Ecology News: Announcement from Ecology regarding our State Fiscal Year 2018 Draft Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan.

The Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) Water Quality Program is pleased to announce the availability of the State Fiscal Year 2018 (SFY18) Draft Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan (Draft List) for public review and comment. The Draft List describes how Ecology proposes to use state and federal dollars to fund projects focused on improving water quality across the state.

This year Ecology evaluated more than 225 applications, including 169 new and 56 carryover projects from local governments, tribes, conservation districts, other public entities, and qualified not-for-profit organizations. New funding requests totaled approximately $297 million. Ecology is proposing grant and loan funding for 165 projects totaling approximately $188 million. The total includes $115 million in loans from the Washington State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund, approximately $42 million in grants from the Stormwater Financial Assistance Program, approximately $29 million in grants from the Centennial Clean Water Program, and approximately $1.6 million in grants from the Clean Water Act Section 319 Program. The projects proposed for funding reflect the highest priority water quality projects across the state. Projects proposed for funding include:

  • 36 nonpoint source pollution control activity projects.
  • 2 local onsite sewage system repair and replacement projects.
  • 7 stormwater control activity projects.
  • 89 stormwater facility projects.
  • 31 wastewater facility projects.

The Draft List is available at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1710003.html. In addition, the Draft List and other SFY18 Funding Cycle information are available at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/funding/Opp/WQC/CyclePages/WQC2018.html.

A public review and comment period is open until 5:00pm on February 20, 2017. Ecology will hold a public information meeting to present the Draft List and discuss the project evaluation and funding cycle process. Details on the public meeting are listed below.

Date:  February 16
Time:   1:00 pm
Place:  Pierce County Library, 3005 112th Street East, Tacoma, WA 98446

Please mail, email, or fax any written comments on the Draft List to:
Daniel Thompson
Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program – Financial Management Section
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
Fax: 360-407-7151
Email: daniel.thompson@ecy.wa.gov

A Final Funding Offer List and Intended use Plan (Final List) will be developed and issued following the receipt of public comments, awarding of federal grants, and passage of the state 2017-19 Biennial Budget. The Final List is expected to be published by July 1, 2017. Any public comments received on the Draft List will be addressed in the Final List.

 

Ecology News: Ecology has filed the following: Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101) for Chapter 173-321 WAC, Public Participation Grants

Ecology has filed the following rulemaking Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101) was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser:

Chapter 173-321 WAC,  Public Participation  Grants
For more information:
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/rules/wac173321/1613ov.html

Grant Opportunity! Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) Deadline January 30th, 2017

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) is pleased to announce the opening of Round Ten of Partners for Places.

Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant. The grant program provides partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.

The application deadline for Round Ten is January 30, 2017 (by 11:59 p.m., any time zone). Please visit the Partners for Places webpage for more information. Here you can view our promotional video download the Request for Proposals (RFP), access our Proposal Form and consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)document (at http://www.fundersnetwork.org/partnersforplaces). You may also want to visit our Idea Bank which has summaries of all the proposals submitted in prior rounds. TFN held  a webinar to answer  questions about the grant program on December 7. A recording of the webinar will be made available through TFN’s website for those of you unable to participate.

Partners for Places general grant program is supported by Bloomberg PhilanthropiesThe JPB FoundationKendeda FundNew York Community TrustThe Summit Foundation, and Surdna Foundation. A selection committee comprised of foundation representatives and urban sustainability directors will make selection decisions on behalf of Partners for Places, and awards will be announced on May 3, 2017. If the RFP and FAQ documents don’t answer all your questions, please contact Ashley Quintana at ashley@fundersnetwork.org or Ann Wallace at ann@fundersnetwork.org for more information.

 

 

EPA to Host Upcoming WIFIA Informational Webinars

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) is a new loan program, which is targeted at large projects $20 million for large communities and $5 million for small communities (population of 25,000 or less).

Over the next month, EPA will be hosting a series of informational sessions about WIFIA program.

Eligible projects include wastewater and drinking water facilities as well as energy efficiency projects at these facilities and other large projects. The WIFIA program is separate from State Revolving Fund programs, but will coordinate with them.

If you are interested in this new funding program, then you are encouraged to attend one or more of the Webinars, particularly the first one, which is scheduled for November 29th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern Time and will overview the WIFIA Program, loan terms and conditions, and credit policies.

The webinars are targeted at prospective WIFIA borrowers including municipal entities, corporations, partnerships, State Revolving Fund programs, non-governmental organizations, and organizations that support prospective borrowers. In each session, EPA will focus on a specific topic and provide participants the opportunity to ask questions.

Webinar 1 Tuesday, November 29 (1:00-3:00 pm ET)
WIFIA Program Overview; loan terms and conditions; and credit policies
Register

Webinar 2 Tuesday, December 6 (1:00-3:00 pm ET)
WIFIA Project Selection; letter of interest components; EPA’s selection process; and the selection criteria weighting
Register

Webinar 3 Monday, December 12 (1:00-3:00 pm ET)
WIFIA Project approval and closing; and term sheet development.
Register

Learn More.

August 24, 2016 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:
Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

To attend by phone:
Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code: 34863442#

Please note, the conference call in number will remain open until 15 minutes until after the meeting begins. It will continue to remain open as long as there are callers on the line. If you wish to join the meeting by phone late, please notify Kara Whitman (kmwhitman@wsu.edu) ahead of time.

Meeting Documents
–  SRRTTF-08-24-16-Summary Notes_FINAL DRAFT
–  
SRRTTF Meeting July 27 summary_draft (decision item)
Agenda: SRRTTF August 24_2016 Agenda_draft V2
–  2016 SRRTTF Funding Support Letter_Governor Inslee docx (decision item)
–  Quick comments on the letter_AB
–  Data Managment Pilot Project – Scope of Work – Draft 08-08-16
 Draft SRRTTF Coment Letter – Solid Waste Handling Standards – 8_12_2016 (decision item)
–  AppendixB_0823_2016_Draft

Presentations:
–  SRRTTF_LimnoTech_08_22_2016_draft

Draft SRRTTF Funding Support Letter to Legislature: Please review

Task Force members are asked to review the attached draft funding support letter to Washington legislature. The Task Force will make a decision on the final letter at the August 24th Task Force Meeting.  Please provide feedback to Doug Krapas (dougkrapas@iepco.com) no later than noon on Tuesday August 16.

2016 SRRTTF Funding Support Letter_Governor Inslee.docx

Terry Husseman Account (THA) Grants – Application Announcement

Application Opens: July 15, 2016; Application Closes: August 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
 
Overview of the Terry Husseman Account (THA) Funding Opportunity
THA Grants support locally sponsored projects that restore or enhance the natural environment. Typical projects address water quality issues and fish and wildlife habitat protection or enhancement in or adjacent to waters of the state (i.e., streams, lakes, wetlands or the ocean). Projects that restore or enhance the natural environment may be proposed to address an environmental emergency. An environmental emergency is a risk to the natural environment, as a result of a natural or man-made disaster. Projects that are of a statewide significance propose innovative approaches or technologies that could be applied in multiple watersheds throughout Washington, and result in a significant improvement to the natural environment.
 
To be considered, projects must provide primary benefits to public resources (land or water stewardship) and affiliated infrastructure.
 
Grant Award Amounts
Grant awards can be up to a maximum of $50,000. The typical grant award is less than $20,000. High priority projects with costs up to $50,000 may be placed on a ‘wait-to-fund’ list if regional sub-account balances are low and more time is needed to successfully fund the project.
 
Application deadline
All application material must be received via the online process by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016. **
 
Application evaluation period and notice of award decision
All application material will be reviewed, evaluated, and scored by a team of Ecology evaluators. You will be notified by a Regional Fund Coordinator (RFC) of the award decision, no later than Friday, September 23, 2016. If a project is chosen to be funded, the project’s projected start date will be October 14, 2016 or thereafter.
 
Application Schedule of THA Funding Cycle for 2016
Date
Program Milestone
Friday, July 15, 2016
EAGL grant application opens
Monday, August 15, 2016
EAGL grant application closes**
Tuesday, August 16 – Friday, September 16, 2016
Evaluation period for EAGL grant applications
Friday, September 23, 2016
Notices sent to applicants
Friday, October 14, 2016
Projected start date of agreements, if chosen to be funded
Future funding cycles will be offered in the spring and fall of 2017
 
** Applications for projects to address an Environmental Emergency may be submitted at any time. An environmental emergency is a risk to the natural environment as a result of a natural or man-made disaster. The project must meet all of the application criteria. The project must meet all of the application criteria.
 
** Applications for projects that have a Statewide Significance may be submitted at any time. A project of statewide significance is one that proposes innovative approaches or technologies that could be applied in multiple watersheds throughout Washington, and would result in a significant improvement to the natural environment. The project must meet all of the application criteria.
 
Questions
For more information about this funding opportunity, please email questions to Amy Krause at: amy.krause@ecy.wa.gov.
 
Amy Krause

Ecology News: Water Quality Program State Fiscal Year 2017 Final Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan Published

The Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) Water Quality Program is pleased to announce the publication of the State Fiscal Year 2017 (SFY17) Final Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan (Final List). The Final List describes how Ecology intends to use state and federal dollars to fund projects focused on improving water quality across the state. The Final List s available at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/iwq/funding/Opp/WQC/CyclePages/WQC2017.html.

 This year Ecology received 155 project proposals requesting approximately $207 million in funding. To ensure that funds were directed to the highest priority projects, Ecology water quality specialists evaluated and scored all eligible project proposals. Scores were compiled, and a statewide priority list was developed. Projects offered funding are based upon the priority list, the type of project, and the funding source. After rating and ranking all eligible proposed projects, Ecology offered approximately $109 million to 54 projects. Projects offered funding include: 17 nonpoint source pollution control activity projects; 2 local onsite sewage system repair and replacement projects; 9 stormwater facility projects; 9 wastewater facility projects in hardship communities; and 17 wastewater facility projects in non-hardship communities.

 For more information about the SFY17 Funding Cycle, please visit the Water Quality Grants and Loans website at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/funding/funding.html.

Funding Work Group Meeting, November 16, 2015

SRRTTF Funding Work Group

November 16, 2015

10 am – 12 pm

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Call In Number: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#
  SRRTTF Funding Work Group Meeting Notes Nov 16 2015 Draft (3)

Draft Agenda

  1. Status of Urban Waters Small Grants application (Lands Council)

2. Evaluation and Recommendation for EPA Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program

  • Due Date for Applications: February 12, 2016, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (ET)

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3. Evaluation and Recommendation for Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2016

  • Full Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2016 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time 

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