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Small Community Wastewater Grant Program

Financial Assistance Programs – Grants and Loans

Small Community Wastewater Grant Program

The Small Community Wastewater Grant (SCWG) Program was most recently funded in 2002 (by Propositions 40 and 50), and it provided grants to small (i.e., with a population of 20,000 persons, or less) disadvantaged (i.e., annual median household income [MHI] is 80 percent or less of the statewide MHI) communities for planning, design, and construction of publicly-owned wastewater treatment and collection facilities.

Program History

The SCWG Program Guidelines (Guidelines) were adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) on June 17, 2004, and amended on May 22, 2007. The 2007 Statewide Competitive Project List was adopted by the State Water Board on September 4, 2007.

On February 19, 2013, the State Water Board approved a streamlined process, allowing the residual bond funds to be directed to projects applying for funding through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program.

Related Funding Programs

The State Water Board’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, which is funded by federal grants, State funds, and revenue bonds, provides low-interest financing for construction of publicly-owned wastewater treatment facilities, local sewers, sewer interceptors, and water recycling facilities, as well as, expanded use projects. Small Disadvantaged Communities may also be eligible to receive grants for wastewater projects.