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Intent to Apply

Program implementation details are outlined in the governing administrative codes and statutes: §§ 281.58 and 281.59 and 281.61, Wis. Stat., and chs. NR 162 and 166, Wis. Adm. Code.

Each municipality that plans to apply for financial assistance for their water infrastructure project, from either the Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP) or the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP), is required to complete and submit online an Intent to Apply (ITA) with a Priority Evaluation and Ranking Formula (PERF) by the October 31st deadline for the following state fiscal year (SFY) funding cycle. All ITAs must be submitted online annually (they are only valid for one SFY) with required documentation by October 31st.

  • ITAs submitted by October 31, 2020 are eligible for funding in SFY 2022, which begins July 1, 2021 and ends June 30, 2022.

Online system guidance

Visit the online system page to:

  • find guidance documents to view during the online submittal process, such as the CWFP ITA Help Text [PDF] or SDWLP ITA Help Text [PDF];
  • access and learn about the online system and submittal process;
  • learn how to request a WAMS ID and Switchboard access; and
  • learn about and download the authorization certificate for consultants.

Submit does not mean commit

Submitting an ITA does not commit a municipality to apply for financial assistance from the CWFP or SDWLP. If eligible, a valid ITA simply ensures the project is listed on the Project Priority List (PPL) for that SFY, which makes the municipality eligible to submit an application for funding, if that is their desire.

Resubmit if your project doesn't move forward

If you're not sure when your project will need funding, submit an ITA early in the planning process. If your project doesn't move forward, you can resubmit your ITA for the following SFY funding cycle.

In the online system, municipalities can view lists of all their previously submitted ITAs. When viewing the details of an ITA, municipalities can copy a previous ITA to create a new one. An existing ITA's information may be updated and reused for future project entries.

  • If you're going to reuse an ITA, remember to update the project costs for each year.
  • Be sure to describe the project scope in detail. Your application's project scope must match that of your ITA's to be eligible for funding.

Don't be late!

If an ITA is submitted after the deadline, the municipality will not be able to submit a financial assistance application for two years.

If a municipality is seeking SFY 2021 SDWLP funding, they must submit their ITA by the October 31, 2019 deadline. If they miss that deadline, they must submit the ITA by the October 31, 2020 deadline, then submit the SDWLP application by the June 30, 2021 deadline to be eligible for SFY 2022 funding.

Submit separately

For a project with both a CWFP and SDWLP component (for example, replacing sewer and water mains) a municipality needs to submit a seperate CWFP and SDWLP ITA to be eligible to apply for funding for both costs.

For CWFP projects, if the municipality is seeking funding for both a wastewater treatment plant project and a collection system project, each need to be submitted as separate ITAs; wastewater treatment plant projects and collection system projects each have unique scoring criteria.

For SDWLP projects, a municipality also needs to be sure to submit an ITA for each distinct project for which they are planning to submit an application. For example, if a municipality is planning on providing additional treatment at one well and upgrading the wellhouse and appurtenances at another well, each of those distinct activities needs a separate ITA. Because funding is more limited in the SDWLP, the department is careful to score each distinct project separately in case there are insufficient funds for the applications submitted any given year. The department priority score reflects the human health and environmental impacts each distinct project will address.

Submit details

In order for the department to determine whether a municipality is requesting assistance for more than one project and for scoring purposes, the project scope description on the ITA must concisely provide details.

Detailed Project Scope Description:

  • Explain the reason for the project, including the problem to be solved.
  • Describe the overall scope of the project and the proposed solution to the problem.
    • Example: State whether you will construct treatment or dig a new well to solve a problem with high radium levels in an existing well.
  • Describe in detail all significant portions of the project's proposed solution, including:
    • Any new construction or installation of structures, equipment, or processes;
    • Any upgrade, repair, replacement, or modifications of existing equipment or facilities;
    • Any modifications to existing processes; and
    • Include project location(s), street location(s), street names, names of water bodies, and other useful information.

Project Priority List

DNR publishes an annual Project Priority List (PPL) for the CWFP and the SDWLP. A PPL includes projects for which municipalities submitted ITA by the October 31st deadline for the following state fiscal year funding cycle. The PPL identifies, in priority score order, the projects for which municipalities may submit a financial assistance application for either the CWFP or SDWLP for the corresponding state fiscal year.

Priority Evaluation and Ranking Formula

The information provided in the ITA's Priority Evaluation and Ranking Formula (PERF) section reflects the human health and environmental impacts the project will address, and determines its priority score. The principal forgiveness (PF) allocation methodology is structured to allocate PF funds to projects with the highest priority scores in municipalities with the greatest financial need.

Contact information
For information on the CWFP, contact:
Lisa Bushby
For information on the SDWLP, contact:
Matt Marcum
For information about the online system, contact:
Becky Mesdjian

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Disclaimer of guidance: This document is intended solely as guidance and does not contain any mandatory requirements except where requirements found in statute or administrative rule are referenced. Any regulatory decisions made by the Department of Natural Resources in any matter addressed by this guidance will be made by applying the governing statutes and administrative rules to the relevant facts.

Last revised: Wednesday March 04 2020