New York will make $325 million available for clean water infrastructure projects through a pair of grant programs, the governor’s office announced last week.
Municipalities throughout the state will be able to apply for funding through the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement (WIIA) and Intermunicipal Grant (IMG) programs, Gov. Kathy Hochul said.
Applications and more details will be released Feb. 5, Hochul said.
Nearly $479 million in grants were awarded through the WIIA and IMG programs in 2023, the program’s first year.
Small or disadvantaged communities will get a boost in this round of funding, the governor suggested during her State of the State presentation earlier this month. Hochul said she was having the Environmental Facilities Corp. (EFC) increase water infrastructure grants for small rural communities from 25% to 50% of net eligible project costs.
That change from 2023 will support smaller communities such as those in the Adirondacks, which Hochul said often struggles with accessing clean water grants and completing affordable projects.
The news accompanied another announcement that New York had allocated $78 million in state and federal funds for projects to improve water and wastewater facilities throughout the state. The funds will support projects in New York City, the Finger Lakes, the Albany region and western and northern parts of the state.