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Infrastructure Planning Grant

In order to provide assistance to distressed communities and those with financially distressed water systems, TNECD has developed a grant program to help communities understand their needs and plan for future work and funding.

The Infrastructure Planning grant is open to utility systems that serve distressed counties and those rural communities on the financially distressed utility system referral list provided by the Comptroller (link). These systems have been referred to the Utilities Management Review Board or the Water and Wastewater Financing Board because of their net position, non-revenue water, or high levels of debt. The Boards have determined that these systems are not financially self-supporting; TNECD believes that studying the system can help the utility better serve their customers, develop capital improvement plans and develop better applications for funding to assist with improvements.

Funds can be used for water loss studies and investigation and/or system mapping for water or wastewater systems. Grants are up to $45,000 with a 5% match.

Applications are due August 30, 2019. Projects should be completed in less than 18 months. Procurement of professional services guidelines will be followed to determine who will conduct the studies and provide the reports. The information gathered as a result of this grant funding is intended to be used to help the utility plan for future improvements to their system and to develop CDBG, SRF and USDA applications for funding.

Questions about the grant program can be directed to Brooxie Carlton, Brooxie.carlton@tn.gov.