Wastewater and stormwater financial assistance

Is my project eligible for funding?

Wastewater and stormwater projects must meet some requirements to be eligible for funding from the Clean Water Revolving Fund or Point Source Implementation Grants.

Stormwater project requirements

  • Addresses water quality needs (ponds for water quality may also include associated flood control benefits)
  • Consists of permanent stormwater treatment structures
  • Based on accepted engineering practices that result in water quality benefits
  • Applicant must be a local government such as a city, county, township, sanitary district, or watershed district

Learn more: PDF icon Eligibility for stormwater financial assistance (wq-wwtp2-64)

Wastewater project requirements

  • Involves building new or improving, rehabilitating, expanding, or replacing existing wastewater collection or treatment facilities

Prioritizing projects for funding

To prepare the Project Priority List (PPL), which determines funding priorities for Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loans and Point Source Implementation Grants, the MPCA scores and ranks stormwater and wastewater projects following criteria contained in Minn. R. 7077.0117 to 7077.0119. Projects are prioritized based on several factors, including:

  • The type of water the project discharges to and whether it's in need of specific protections or pollutant reductions
  • If the project will help correct certain kinds of water quality problems
  • If the project will reduce the volume of stormwater being discharged

2020 Project Priority List

The Draft 2020 Clean Water Project Priority List (CW PPL) and Clean Water Intended Use Plan (CW IUP) are on public notice until September 20, 2019.  Eligible projects include wastewater and stormwater capital infrastructure projects to address existing water quality problems. Direct comments to Bill Dunn: bill.dunn@state.mn.us


Application materials. Find the materials for applying to be on the PPL for wastewater and stormwater.

Deadlines 2020 PPL projects (7/1/19 - 6/30/20) 2021 PPL projects (7/1/20 - 6/30/21)
Stormwater or wastewater project plans due to the MPCA (to ensure priority review March 1, 2019 March 6, 2020
Request for placement on PPL due to the MPCA March 1, 2019 March 6, 2020
Request for placement on Intended Use Plan due to the MPCA June 7, 2019 June 5, 2020
MPCA's preliminary approval of stormwater project plans for Intended Use Plan June 30, 2019 June 30, 2020

2019 PPL and IUP

The state's Public Facilities Authority (PFA) prepares an annual Intended Use Plan based on the MPCA's Project Priority List. It lists the projects and activities eligible for Clean Water Revolving Fund (CWRF) dollars during the state fiscal year.


  • Bill Dunn (651-757-2324, cell: 651-402-1639)