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Training and Technical Assistance for Small Systems

new Request for Applications Selection Announcement!
The announcement below summarizes the outcome of the competition.  This is a selection announcement only. Grant awards are expected to be made in the Spring of 2015. The following selection list summarizes the outcome of the competition:
  • For EPA-OW-OGWDW-14-01, National Priority Area 1, EPA has selected the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and the National Rural Water Association (NRWA);
  • For EPA-OW-OGWDW-14-01, National Priority Area 2, EPA has selected the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
  • For EPA-OW-OGWDW-14-01, National Priority Area 3, EPA has selected the National Rural Water Association (NRWA); and
  • For EPA-OW-OGWDW-14-01, National Priority Area 4, EPA has selected the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP).

EPA’s Fiscal Year 2014 appropriation directs the Agency to competitively award $12.7 to non-profit organizations to provide training and technical assistance to small public water systems, small wastewater systems and private well owners, located in urban and rural communities throughout the U.S. and its territories.  The funding will help provide water and wastewater system staff and private well owners with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and support EPA’s continuing efforts to protect public health and promote sustainability in small communities.  On July 16th, 2014 EPA announced the following Request for Applications (RFA):

  Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water (PDF)(37 pp, 202K, About PDF)

EPA expects to award four to nine cooperative agreements totaling up to $12.7 million.  The purpose of the agreements is to provide training and technical assistance to:

  • Small public water systems to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA);

  • Small public water systems on a wide range of managerial and/or financial topics to achieve and maintain compliance with the SDWA; or

  • Small publicly-owned wastewater systems, communities served by onsite-decentralized wastewater systems and private well owners to help improve water quality.
    Non-profit organizations, private non-profit universities and colleges and public institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

For Questions & Answers regarding this funding opportunity, click on the “Frequently Asked Questions” tab above.


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