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Environmental Loans (EL) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) requirements

When financing a project through the Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP) or the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP), municipalities and their prime contractors must make good faith efforts to utilize disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs).

Each of the following documents include important guidance regarding DBE rules in the CWFP and the SDWLP. In order to understand the requirements and how they apply to your project, it is important that you read through each of these documents.

Contract packet for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise compliance [PDF] (revised January 2016) - Much of the language included in the Contract Packet must be included in the bidding documents provided to potential contractors. We encourage consulting engineers to include the entire contract packet in bidding documents and the actual construction contract.

DBE requirements matrix [PDF] - This document will help you determine which DBE requirements you need to comply with for each specific project you are financing through the CWFP or the SDWLP. The Matrix is also included on page 2 of the Contract Packet.

DBE solicitation guidance [PDF] - This document includes instructions that apply to ALL municipalities and projects being funded through the CWFP or the SDWLP. This document is also included as an attachment to the Contract Packet.

DBE fact sheet [PDF] - This Fact Sheet contains information regarding the laws governing the DBE requirements.

Lists of certified DBEs - Your DBE solicitation efforts must include contacts with firms included on one or more of these lists of certified DBEs (mostly WisDOT Unified Certification Program lists).

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Contact information
Direct questions about DBE requirements to:
Jessica Wagner
Meja Maka

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Last revised: Friday August 16 2019