Water Quality Program Funding Opportunities


Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF or SRF) Loans

Provided for by the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program is funded via an annual EPA capitalization grant, state matching funds, and principal and interest repayments on past CWSRF loans. This program provides low interest and forgivable principal loan funding for wastewater treatment construction projects, eligible nonpoint source pollution control projects, and eligible Green projects. This program is managed in accordance with federal regulations and guidelines, as well as state rule and statute.

History of loan program

The United States Congress established the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) as part of the Clean Water Act (CWA) Amendments of 1987.  Congress wanted to move away from a large federal construction grant program.  Nationally, the program has provided more than $5 billion annually to fund water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management.  CWSRF’s have funded over $89 billion, providing over 30,012 low interest loans to date.

The EPA offers states capitalization grants each year according to a formula established in the CWA. The capitalization grants are required to be matched with 20 percent state funds and are added to payments of principal and interest from previous loans. The combined funds are loaned out to eligible public bodies and repaid to the CWSRF with interest. This means that the CWSRF continues to revolve and grow and more money becomes available to fund water quality projects. Today, the majority of the fund consists of repaid principal and interest.

As of 2012, Washington has funded $1.26 billion worth of water quality improvement projects and managed 500 agreements/projects. 

Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loans
Current funding cycle

Applicants looking for CWSRF loans can apply for funds through the annual Water Quality Combined Funding Cycle and its application process, where one application would be submitted for funding consideration for the following three funding opportunities: CWSRF loans, Centennial grants or loans or 319 grants.

Applications Accepted Who’s Eligible Eligible Project Types Match Loan Limits

Annually, starting in August  and ending in October.
Apply via the current Combined Funding Cycle process. See the Funding Opportunities page for more information

Eligible public bodies:

  • Counties, cities, and towns
  • Special purpose districts
  • Tribes
  • Wastewater facility construction
  • Stormwater facility construction
  • Facility planning and design (preconstruction)
  • Water reclamation facilities
  • Nonpoint source activity projects
    Riparian/wetland restoration planning and implementation
  • Groundwater/aquifer/wellhead planning and implementation
  • Water Quality monitoring
  • Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) support projects
  • Watershed planning and implementation
  • On-site sewage system
  • Refinance of existing loans for eligible activities
  • Green Project Reserve (GPR)

None (SRF loans can be used to match Centennial and 319 Grants)

No more than 50% available funds can go to any one applicant.

Shelly McMurry
SRF Fund Coordinator
Email: shelly.mcmurry@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 360-407-7132

Daniel Thompson
SRF Fund Coordinator
Email: daniel.thompson@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 360-407-6510

More information

EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund, http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/cwsrf/cwsrf_index.cfm
Chapter 70.146 RCW

Chapter 90.50A
Chapter 173-98 WAC, http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=173-98

Water Quality Funding Website, www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/funding/funding.html