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Environmental Loans (EL) Hardship funding list

Note: the Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP) Hardship Program will cease after the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018 funding cycle, with an exception for one (1) municipality for which a complete application for SFY 2019 funding can still be submitted by June 30, 2018.

In order for the municipality to be placed on the CWFP funding list, it must first:

  1. Submit online a complete notice of Intent to Apply (ITA) & Priority Evaluation and Ranking Formula (PERF) by the October 31 deadline.

  2. Submit a complete CWFP Financial Assistance Application, requesting hardship financial assistance, by the June 30 deadline.

  3. Meet the MHI (median household income) criteria for hardship financial assistance: the municipality's MHI is 80 percent or less of the state's median household income.

  4. Meet the residential user charge criteria for hardship financial assistance (see hardship assistance criteria).

The municipalities that qualify for the funding list are ranked in order of priority score from the PERF.

Calculating assistance amount

The CWFP hardship specialist next determines the amount and type of hardship financial assistance for which a municipality is eligible based on information provided in the application. This assistance can be in the form of a reduced interest rate loan, or a combination grant and zero percent loan (see hardship financial assistance calculation).

Once the amount and type of assistance is determined, the Department of Administration (DOA) calculates the amount of subsidy needed to provide the needed assistance. The CWFP provides hardship financial assistance to the municipalities that qualify to the extent that subsidy is available through the CWFP budget, starting at the top of the list of ranked eligible projects.

After the funding list is published

The funding list is then published on the Project Lists and IUPswebpage. Once the funding list is published, a municipality in the fundable range must proceed with its project and have an executed financial assistance agreement (FAA) by August 30th of the calendar year following the year in which the funding list is published.

If a municipality is determined ineligible for hardship financial assistance, or if they are eligible but not in the fundable range, they may request their application apply towards a regular CWFP loan.

Contact information
Direct questions about Hardship Financial Assistance to:
Michelle Eis
Financial assistance specialist
EL section, Bureau of CFA
608-267-0490

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Last revised: Monday September 25 2017