The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) recently announced that it will begin accepting applications for the Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) Program starting on December 2, 2013. A draft application is also now available for review.
The SAW Program, which was established earlier this year and is being administered by the MDEQ, is a funding source for sanitary and stormwater infrastructure projects in Michigan. $450 million will be available for state distribution to communities and other qualified entities in the form of grants and low interest loans.
Grants of up to $2 million per community will be available for asset management plan development, stormwater plan development, sewage collection and treatment plan development. There is a local match requirement of 10% on $1 million and 25% on $2 million – with Disadvantaged Communities waived of any type of local match. Varying degrees of project process must be shown within three years in order to avoid repayment. In addition, Disadvantage Communities can receive up to $500,000 for construction of stormwater treatment and wastewater projects.
State-funded SAW loans, based on the going interest rate, will be available for construction of projects identified in DEQ-approved asset management plans or stormwater management plans.
Project funding will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on the program details, eligibility or draft guidance, please contact our own Vicki Putala, 734-522-4479 or Greg Kacvinski, 734-522-4476.