The first step a city needs to take to become eligible for state funding for water or wastewater infrastructure is to apply to get its proposed project on one of two state infrastructure project priority lists, either the Project Priority List (PPL) or the Intended Use Plan list (IUP). Now is the time to do that.
The two state revolving fund programs are administered by the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA), together with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The PFA provides low-interest loans or grants to local governments for eligible projects based on priorities determined by the MPCA (for wastewater and stormwater projects) and the MDH (for drinking water projects).
Deadlines are listed below for the PPLs and IUPs:
Project Priority List – Clean Water Revolving Fund
Wastewater and stormwater projects
Deadline: On or before March 5, 2021 to MPCA
PPL application and scoring worksheet (Including supporting documentation, as required)
Wastewater facilities plans
Stormwater project plans, contact: Bill Dunn, MPCA 651-757-2324, firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Priority List – Drinking Water Revolving Fund
Drinking water projects
Deadline: May 7, 2021 to Department of Health, contact: Chad Kolstad, MDH 651-201-3972, email@example.com
Intended Use Plans – Both Clean Water and Drinking Water Funds
Specify which program on submission
Deadline: June 4, 2021 to Public Facilities Authority, contact: Becky Sabie, PFA 651-259-7470, firstname.lastname@example.org
System owners must request that their projects be placed on the appropriate 2022 IUP if they expect to be ready for construction and are seeking state revolving fund financing in fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022).