Clean Water Partnership grants

Closed. The deadline for applications for this Clean Water Partnership grant funding has passed. Applications were due March 6, 2015.

Near future. The 2015 Legislature did not fund Clean Water Partnership grants. As a result, MPCA will not offer CWP grant funding rounds in 2016 or 2017.

This Web page provides downloadable application forms, answers to questions, and links to applicable statutes and rules. Applications must be submitted electronically as directed in the notice of grant opportunity. Faxed applications or applications received after the posted deadline will not accepted for consideration.

Eligible applicants, projects and costs

Who can apply. Local government units that meet the eligibility requirements in the notice of grant opportunity (NGO).

Projects. Eligible nonpoint source pollution control projects for protection or restoration of Minnesota’s water bodies are addressed in the notice.

Application materials

The application form and project sponsor resolution form must be electronically received by the MPCA no later than 4:30 p.m. CST, Friday, March 6, 2015, sent to CWP.Grant.PCA@state.mn.us.

Questions and answers

MPCA personnel are not authorized to discuss this NGO with responders outside of the Q & A. Contact regarding this NGO with any MPCA personnel could result in disqualification.

Prospective applicants with questions regarding this NGO must e-mail questions to CWP.Grant.PCA@state.mn.us. MPCA staff will formally answer questions about the application process here, providing a reference for all potential applicants.

  • Questions and answers will be posted here on the MPCA within two working days of receipt.
  • The latest you may submit a question is 4:00 pm CST on Friday, February 27, 2015.
  • A final list of all questions answered during the open Q & A period will be posted here by 4:00 pm CST on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Q1. Are well-sealing projects eligible for CWP funding?
A1. Yes. (1/20)

Q2. Could you clarify what type of “approved local water plan” the LGU must have to be considered eligible?
A2. According to the application form the sponsor should include web address, page numbers and effective dates from any local or regional water plans relating to this project. If a MPCA-approved Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation Plan is applicable, please include the appropriate information. Any plans that reference the proposed project and/or project area should be referenced in the application form. (2/4)

Q3. Are Port Authorities considered eligible entities to apply for grants under this program?
A3. A port authority, although not specifically listed in the Notice of Grant Opportunity, is considered an eligible governmental unit sponsor for Clean Water Partnership funding. Port Authorities have the authority to coordinate and enter into contracts with local, state and federal agencies and private organizations. Port Authorities have the authority to generate cash revenues and in-kind contributions for the local share of the project. (2/4)

Q4. How is the length requirement of 3 pages from the following statement on page 2 of the application determined? ("Responses to the following questions may not exceed three pages.")
A4. Responses are to be no more than three (3) pages in length; this does not include the space used for questions. (2/19)

Q5. What is the activity period for this round of grants?
A5. A CWP grant contract will be open for three years, beginning on the date that the grant agreement is executed. All new agreements should be executed sometime in spring 2015. (2/20)

Q6. Is there a single application form and process for Clean Water Partnership and EPA 319 grants, or will the EPA 319 Notice of Grant Opportunity be forthcoming?
A6. A federal Section 319 grant funding round, which has its own Request for Proposal and application process, will be opening soon. Watch the MPCA website for further updates. (2/20)

Q7. Are CWP loan dollars considered a state source or can it be used as the entire 50% match?
A7. As stated in the NGO, CWP loan dollars can be used as the total match for a CWP grant, since these are considered local dollars because they will be repaid. (2/20)

Q8. Does a loan sponsor resolution need to be submitted with the application?
A8. As stated in the NGO, the main loan sponsor resolution must be submitted by March 6, 2015. (2/20)

Q9. Would a project that includes carp tracking and removal and fish barrier installation be eligible for CWP funding?
A9. Carp tracking, removal and fish barrier installation may be considered eligible activities if they help to reduce nonpoint source pollution. (2/20)

Q10. Do you have an example of the loan sponsor resolution that should be used?
A10. The sponsor resolution is the same for either a grant or a loan. Download the "Project sponsor resolution form" (wq-cwp7-35k). (2/24)

Q11. Do we have to submit the signed, dated resolution through SWIFT or only through the email address?
A11. The instructions for submittal were incorrect in the resolution form (page 4) originally placed on the website. The directions in the updated form read: "Please scan and download a copy of the signed, dated resolution to CWP.Grant.PCA@state.mn.us by the end date listed in the Clean Water Partnership Notice of Grant Opportunity." (2/24)

Q11. Do we have to submit the signed, dated resolution through SWIFT or only through the email address?
A11. The instructions for submittal were incorrect in the resolution form (page 4) originally placed on the website. The directions in the updated form read: "Please scan and download a copy of the signed, dated resolution to CWP.Grant.PCA@state.mn.us by the end date listed in the Clean Water Partnership Notice of Grant Opportunity." (2/24)

Q12. Is dredging of harbors, lakes, ditches, constructed wetlands, and existing sedimentation considered an eligible activity for the 2015 grant?
A12. No. These activities are eligible for loan funding only. [“The dredging of harbors, lakes, ditches, constructed wetlands, and existing sedimentation basins; sewage treatment system upgrades; and the use of ferric chloride, aluminum sulfate, or other chemicals to precipitate phosphorus are eligible for loan funds but are not eligible for grant funds.” (Minn. R. 7076.0130)]

Q13. The grant NGO states that in kind service to implement the project should be the value of time for people who are funded from an entity not sponsoring the project. Does that imply that no in kind match can come from the project sponsor in the form of materials or labor?
A13. See Addendum 1 (3/3)


Addenda

Addendum 1

In the NGO, pages 2 and 3, section titled “Grant program match requirements” is amended as follows:

Grant program match requirements

Grantees are required to contribute at least 50 percent of the total project cost as a cash or in-kind match. No more than 20 percent of the total project costs may be from other state and federal sources. Matching contributions may be any combination of money, supplies, services, and loan funds.

  • Cash funds may come from you or your partners.
  • Supplies may be purchased or donated materials specifically used in the project. This does not include the value of supplies (e.g., land, office space, or equipment) that are already available for use for this project.
  • In-kind service to implement the project should be the value of the time for people who are funded from an entity not sponsoring involved with the project or volunteers that replace a role that would normally be paid to participate in the project may be included. The value of volunteer time should be based on what you would pay to have the same work done.

CWP Loan funds may be used as a match for a grant project.