The CWSRF program offers low-interest loans to support water quality infrastructure projects. There are 11 categories of eligible projects, including the construction, repair, and replacement of publicly owned treatment works that enhance energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, and stormwater management. Forty-nine percent of general supplemental funding must go towards disadvantaged communities to address affordability challenges. Download the grant summary here.

Bootcamp Structure

Courses

Peer Learning Sessions (Webinars): Interactive sessions featuring Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on the policy and grant approach, followed by smaller sessions for peer discussions

Coaching Sessions: Smaller sessions that continue to build on specific application questions identified in the peer learning session

Office Hours (Consultant Meetings): Support in the form of designated time slots with our SMEs and your team to address specific questions about your grant application

Support

Navigator Team: Our Navigator team is available to help answer the following kinds of questions:

  • Bootcamp timelines
  • Bootcamp schedules
  • Participation expectations

Our Navigator for this grant is Clayton Harris III. He can be reached at charris@nlc.org.

Prepare for Success

Download the full outline of the bootcamp schedule, goals, and key steps to ensure you are ready to attend the following courses and successfully prepare and submit your grant application.

Modules and Resources

Module 1

Setting the Table

Cities are introduced to the CWSRF program and applicant eligibility criteria.

❯  Register for Coaching Session

    • Friday, February 16:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

❯  Register for 1-on-1 Consultation

    • Wednesday, February 21:  12:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST
View the Module 1 Peer Learning Session
Download the Module 1 Slide Deck

CWSRF Programs and Resources

Clean Water State Revolving Fund
Clean Water State Revolving Fund Eligibility Handbook
GPR Guidance for the CWSRF
Funding Resilient Infrastructure and Communities with the CWSRF
Funding Drought Resiliency Projects with the CWSRF
Funding Wildfire Mitigation, Resiliency, and Recovery Projects
Memorandum of Understanding Between  EPA and Homeland Security
Fed Funding for Water & Wastewater Utilities in National Disasters
Disaster Response I and II Webinars

Module 2

Federal and State Administration Priorities

Cities begin to align their project with the CWSRF program and process, including the BILL-specific CWSRF provisions (LSLR, EC, Forgivable Loans) and the Green Project Reserve, by understanding how to identify state-specific CWSRF program requirements (e.g., eligibility survey, Intended Use Plans and Project Priority Lists, priority ranking, loan rates and terms, disadvantaged/affordability criteria).

When: 02/23/2024, 1:00 PM EST

❯  Register for Coaching Session

    • Friday, March 1:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

❯  Register for 1-on-1 Consultation

    • Wednesday, March 6:  12:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Module 3

Engaging the Community

Cities explore community engagement strategies to ensure that community voices are embedded into project design and implementation.

When: 03/08/2024, 1:00 PM EST

❯  Register for Coaching Session

    • Friday, March 15:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

❯  Register for 1-on-1 Consultation

    • Wednesday, March 20:  12:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Module 4

Project Planning and Application Preparation: Part 1

Cities will understand the process of applying to and participating in the CWSRF, including the stages of environmental review, financial review, technical review, procurement and contracting, construction, disbursement, and repayment. The module will orient cohort members to the SRF’s application components and processes. This module will be based on example application components from 2-3 states.

When: 03/22/2024, 1:00 PM EST

❯  Register for Coaching Session

    • Thursday, March 28:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

❯  Register for 1-on-1 Consultation

    • Wednesday, April 3:  12:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Module 5

Incorporating Data

Cities learn how to leverage data throughout their applications and are introduced to resources that can support water system data collection and analysis.

When: 04/05/2024, 1:00 PM EST

❯  Register for Coaching Session

    • Friday, April 12:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

❯  Register for 1-on-1 Consultation

    • Wednesday, April 17:  12:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Module 6

Project Planning and Application Preparation: Part 2

Cities will better understand the process of applying to and participating in the CWSRF, including the stages of environmental review, financial review, technical review, procurement and contracting, construction, disbursement, and repayment. This will use the foundation from the previous module to deepen cohort members’ understanding and support them in assessing their specific readiness to proceed to gauge their current status in their state’s application process.

When: 04/18/2024, 1:00 PM EST

❯  Register for Coaching Session

    • Friday, April 26:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

❯  Register for 1-on-1 Consultation

    • Wednesday, May 1:  12:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Module 7

Demystifying CWSRF Financing Structures & Financial Assessments

This module will include an in-depth discussion of the percent of project funding available (i.e., identifying need for matching funds), loan interest rates, potential additional subsidization (e.g., principal forgiveness, reduced interest rates, extended repayment terms) and financing structures for projects; and repayment requirements and allowable sources. This module will be based on example application components from 2-3 states and support the cohort’s identification of specific financial records, enterprise fund budgets and audits, and detailed planning and engineering information required to receive CWSRF funding in their state.

When: 05/03/2024, 1:00 PM EST

❯  Register for Coaching Session

    • Friday, May 10:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

❯  Register for 1-on-1 Consultation

    • Wednesday, May 15:  12:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Module 8

Long Term Capacity Building

Cities develop their next steps in applying for a CWSRF loan.

When: 05/17/2024, 1:00 PM EST 

Bootcamp Calendar