Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) receives a budget through an appropriations bill created by the U.S. Congress. Since 1996, Kentucky communities have received grant funding for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects. EPA refers to these projects as Special Appropriations Projects (SPAPs). EPA's Region 4 has delegated the administration of Kentucky's projects to the Division of Water (DOW).
SPAP grants are limited to 55 percent of the estimated eligible project cost and require matching funds. Federal funds from other programs may be used if the statute authorizing those programs specifically allows the funds to be used as a match for other federal grants. Those programs include Rural Development, Community Development Block Grant, Appalachian Regional Commission and Economic Development Administration. On Aug. 16, 2001, EPA issued a class deviation allowing the "repayment" monies from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to be used as a matching fund for the SPAP grants.
All grant applications and forms must be submitted to DOW for review and approval, including the application, engineering and construction procurement/contract, disadvantaged business enterprise, and pay requests. DOW submits the approved application to EPA for grant award and works closely with the grantees to assure compliance with the funding requirements.
Below is the application to complete for SPAP grants. This application is only for those who have already been appropriated funds through EPA. Do not fill out this application until you have talked with someone in the SRF and SPAP Section of the Water Infrastructure Branch.
EPA SPAP Grant Application
For more information about SPAP grants, contact Buddy Griffin, SRF and SPAP Section supervisor, at 502-564-3410.
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