Unsewered Communities Construction Grant Program

The Unsewered Communities Construction Grant Program (UCCGP) utilizes funds distributed by the State of Illinois generated under the Build Illinois Bond Fund and Anti-Pollution Bond Fund. Over the next five years, Illinois EPA expects to award a total of $20,000,000 annually and anticipates distributing this amount across four (4) to ten (10) awards annually. Funding will be limited to a maximum of $5,000,000 per project.

Applications Accepted September 23, 2020 - December 31, 2020, 5:00 PM (CST)

 

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Funding Information
  • An individual grant will be for a maximum percentage of the construction costs based upon the Median Household Income (MHI) of the applicant's service population as a percentage of the state average MHI as shown below:
  • ​​Applicant MHI vs. State Average MHI​% of Construction Cost
    ​Below the state average
    ​​100%
    ​​100-110% of state average MHI
    ​​90%
    ​​110-120% of state average MHI
    ​​80%
    ​120-130% of state average MHI
    ​​70%
    ​130-140% of state average MHI
    ​​60%
    ​​140-150% of state average MHI
    ​​50%
    ​Above 150% of state average MHI
    ​​Not eligible for grant funding
  • The UCCGP is a reimbursement program. The grantee must perform the work, pay project costs, and submit an invoice with supporting documentation before Illinois EPA will reimburse the grantee for any approved eligible costs. Illinois EPA shall only make reimbursements to the grantee and shall reimburse no more frequently than monthly.
Eligibility Information

Eligible Applicants

  • Applicants must be in good standing with the Secretary of the State.  Eligible proposals will come from a local government unit within the State of Illinois, as defined in Title 35 of the Illinois Administrative Code Part 365 as follows:
    • Local Government Unit − A county, municipality, township, municipal or county sewerage or utility authority, sanitary district, public water district, improvement authority or any other political subdivision whose primary purpose is to construct, operate and maintain wastewater treatment facilities, including storm water treatment systems, or public water supply facilities or both. [415 ILCS 5/19.2(g)]
  • To qualify for grant funding, the annual user charges necessary to provide wastewater collection and/or treatment for residential customers served by the project will be established by ordinance for the useful life of the project at a level equal to at least 1.0% of the service population's median household income. A draft ordinance should be submitted with the UCCGP application. Adoption of the ordinance will be required prior to disbursement of any grant funds.
NOTE:  An entity MAY NOT apply for a grant until the entity has registered and pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, www.grants.illinois.gov/portal   
Registration and pre-qualification are required annually.  During GATA pre-qualification, verifications are performed including a check of the federal Debarred and Suspended list and status on the Illinois Stop Payment List.  An automated email notification from the GATA Portal to the entity alerts them of 'qualified' status or informs how to remediate a negative verification (e.g., inactive DUNS, not in good standing with the Secretary of State).  A federal Debarred and Suspended status cannot be remediated.

 

  • UCCGP applicants must have the financial ability to initiate the project, pay expenses, and then request reimbursement from the Illinois EPA, while continuing to finance their normal operating expenses.  UCCGP applicants must have the authority and ability to implement the proposed project or propose to subcontract portions of the project to the appropriate entities for implementation.

Project Match

  • The UCCGP does not require a match, but additional funds may be necessary to complete the project as UCCGP amounts may not be sufficient to complete the project. See Section B of the NOFO.

Indirect Cost Rate

  • The grant will not compensate for the indirect costs, overhead, or administrative expenses directly incurred by the applicant associated with applying for this funding opportunity or the completion of the project.
Application
  • Applicant shall not apply for UCCGP until the applicant has pre-qualified through the GATA Grantee Portal, www.grants.illinois.gov.

  • A complete UCCGP application must include the following:
    • Uniform Application for State Grant Assistance
    • Unsewered Communities Construction Grant Program Uniform Budget Template
    • A Project Plan, meeting the requirements of 35 Ill. Adm Code 365.320 or an equivalent planning document of engineering study.
    • An Unsewered Communities Construction Grant Program Evaluation Criteria Information Sheet. 
    • Illinois Works Forms (as appropriate)

  • Applications will be accepted between September 23, 2020 and close of business on December 31, 2020 (5:00 p.m. CST). Applications must be submitted in an electronic format.  Submissions can be made:
    • By email using the Illinois.Gov File Transfer tool to EPA.LoanMgmt@illinois.gov. Include the phrase "Unsewered Communities Construction Grant Application", project title and applicant name in the "Message to Recipient" box.  Do NOT email files direct, without the file transfer tool, as the Illinois EPA firewall might reject the application. Contact the Infrastructure Financial Assistance Section at 217-782-2027 regarding the use of the file transfer tool including file size limitations or potential firewall issues.

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    • By mailing or delivering the application on a CD or USB directly to:
      • U.S. Postal Service Mailing Address:
        Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
        Bureau of Water, #15
        P.O. Box 9276
        Springfield, Illinois  62794-9276
        Attn:  Lanina Clark

      • Delivery Address:
        Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
        Bureau of Water, #15
        1021 North Grand Avenue East
        Springfield, Illinois 62702
        Attn:  Lanina Clark

Please see the Application and Submission Information Section of the UCCGP Notice of Funding Opportunity for specific instructions and submission requirements.

If you have any questions regarding the UCCGP or application, please contact:

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Bureau of Water
Unsewered Communities Grant Program
Lanina Clark, Project Manager
Lanina.Clark@illinois.gov