Water quality combined funding program
Our Water Quality Combined Funding Program is an integrated funding program for projects that improve and protect water quality throughout the state. The program combines grants and loans from state and federal funding sources. We also provide technical assistance to program applicants to help them navigate this process.
We have one combined funding cycle, one application, one competitive rating process, and one list of funding offers. Applicants submit just one application for all of the funding sources under the Water Quality Combined Funding Program.
- Amount of funding available: Varies based on the state budget — ranges from $100 million to $200 million annually.
- Grant award limit: Varies depending on funding source and project type. See the current funding year guidelines below for more information.
- Amount of matching funds required: Depends on the funding source you receive, can be up to 25 percent match required.
Applications are currently being accepted.
mid-August through mid-October each year
Applicants submit one application, generally mid-August through mid-October each year. Depending on eligibility and priority, we award the best available funding from several different grants and loans (which could include a combination of grants and loans). Our funding comes from a mix of state and federal funds dedicated for water quality improvement and protection.
Current funding cycle timeline — Fiscal Year 2025
|Submit application||Aug. to Oct. 2023|
|Applicant Workshops||Aug. 22 (Stormwater), 23 (Nonpoint/Onsite), 24 (Wastewater) 2023|
Evaluate, rate, and rank applications
Oct. to Dec. 2023
|Publish proposed project list (Draft Funding List)||Jan. 2024|
|Publish offered project list (Final Funding List)||July 2024|
|Develop funding agreement||July 2024 through Jan. 2025|
Work starts no later than April 2025
Activities: Up to 3 years
Facilities: Up to 5 years
|Close out||Last three months of agreement|
We provide funding resources for applicants and recipients — which includes workshops and helpful information. Sign up for our email list to get notified when Guidelines are ready, Applicant Workshop links are available, and Recipient Trainings are announced.
Funding is available for the following entities:
- Counties, cities, and towns
- Tribal governments (federally recognized)
- Special purpose districts
- Conservation districts
- Nonprofit organizations (only those qualify for section 319 grants)
More information about this funding program
Sign up for our email list to get notified when guidelines are ready, Applicant Workshop links are available, and Recipient Trainings are announced.