States may apply for OSG funding to distribute to municipalities for use in the planning, design, and construction of treatment works to intercept, transport, control, treat, or reuse stormwater. Examples of OSG eligible projects include:
- watershed management of wet weather discharges, including the management of municipal combined sewer overflows (CSOs), sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), and stormwater discharges;
- stormwater best management practices (BMPs), such as activities that manage, reduce, treat, recapture, or reuse municipal stormwater;
- watershed partnerships efforts that demonstrate cooperative ways to address nonpoint sources of pollution to reduce adverse impacts on water quality;
- integrated water resource planning facilitating the coordinated management and protection of surface water, ground water, and stormwater resources on a watershed or subwatershed basis;
- municipality-wide stormwater management planning identifying the most effective placement of stormwater technologies and management approaches to reduce water quality impairments from stormwater on a municipality-wide basis;
- increased resilience of treatment works to manmade or natural disasters, such as extreme weather events and sea-level rise.
States are required to prioritize funding to financially distressed communities, municipalities with a long-term municipal CSO or SSO control plan, and projects that have requested a grant on their CWSRF Intended Use Plan. A minimum of 20% of a state’s allocation of funds must be used for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency improvements, and other environmentally innovative activities. At least 25% of a grant should be used for eligible projects in rural areas (with a population of 10,000 or less) or financially distressed communities. A maximum of 4% of state allotments may be used for administrative costs.
How to Apply for OSG Funds
To receive allocated funds, states must submit an application package including the required application forms, work plan, and estimated project costs on grants.gov. A helpful resource explaining the entire application process can be found here. If your organization is not yet registered on grants.gov, you will need to create an account, which can take up to four weeks. Once an account is created, work through the following steps to apply:
1. Applicants can access the grant application either through searching by the Funding Opportunity Number (EPA-CEP-02) on this page or directly through this link. Several funding opportunities will appear; make sure to select “Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant Program.” The following forms must be completed to apply:
- Standard Form 424 (Application for Federal Assistance);
- Standard Form 424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs);
- EPA Form 4700-4 (Pre-award Compliance Review Report);
- Project Narrative Attachment Form22 (Work Plan);
- Budget Narrative Attachment Form21;
- EPA Form 6600-06 (Certification Regarding Lobbying), available at epa.gov. This will be requested by the EPA Project Officer after the application has been selected for an award.
2. Once the application is submitted, EPA’s Grant Management System will use the applicant's state to identify the region receiving the application package. An accompanying ‘lookup table’ will associate the region with an EPA point of contact in that region to receive the email notice and the link to the application in the pre-award module.
3. Following an award, the following forms must be completed:
- EPA Form 5700-52A (MBE/WBE Utilization Report), available at epa.gov;
- Standard Form 425 (Federal Financial Report).
Unless otherwise stated above, all forms can be found here.
The closing date for OSG funding is October 4, 2030. If you have questions about applying for OSG funding to go towards geospatial data, reach out to Ecopia’s dedicated stormwater team. We are happy to help discuss the data needed for eligible projects.
Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant
Also overseen by FEMA, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grants support the reduction and elimination of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program. This federal assistance has been in practice since the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994, and FEMA designates specific funding each fiscal year to support state, territory, tribal, and local governments.
Geospatial data can be acquired through FMA grants to inform decision-making related to impervious surfaces, stormwater, runoff calculations, flood modeling, and more. Like BRIC funding, FMA grants involve cost sharing, with federal involvement ranging from 75-100% depending on the project. More information can be found here.
FMA Grant Eligibility
States, territories, and tribal governments are eligible to apply for FMA grants. A single agency within the state or government must be selected to apply for the grant, and the governing body must have a FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) by the time of the application deadline.
Local communities, homeowners, business operators, and nonprofit organizations can be listed as subapplicants, and should coordinate with a state, territory, or tribal government to submit an application. Local communities also need a FEMA-approved HMP by the application deadline. Subapplications need to be ranked in terms of priority prior to applying.
Projects eligible for FMA grant funding include:
- capability- and capacity-building activities;
- mitigation plans;
- technical assistance by states to communities;
- project scoping, including data sourcing;
- localized flood risk reduction projects;
- individual flood mitigation projects;
- partnership development to conduct eligible mitigation activities;
- enhancing local floodplain management
- severe repetitive loss/repetitive loss strategy development;
- and associated management costs.
A full list of projects and examples can be found here.
How to Apply for an FMA Grant
The application process for FMA grants is similar to applying for a BRIC grant. Applicants need to coordinate with their State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO) and FEMA regional office to apply online via the FEMA GO portal.
Ecopia is here to help. If you would like assistance applying for an FMA grant for geospatial data, let us know.
American Rescue Plan Act
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a combined $350 billion in assistance to eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Various water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure projects are eligible for ARPA funding without pre-approval from the US Treasury. All water, wastewater, stormwater, and infrastructure investments can now be classified as “general government services.”