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Foothills Regional Commission Newsletter, July 19th, 2021

N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure Outdoor Announces Fall 2021 Application Training, July 27 - August 5th, 2021


(Trainings to be held in Hendersonville, Valdese, Winston-Salem, Research Triangle Park, Winterville, Pembroke)
The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announces training for the Fall 2021 funding round.  All applications must be received by the Division no later than close of business on Sept. 30, 2021. Application training for the following funding programs will be offered from July 27 to Aug. 5 at the locations indicated in the chart below.
 
  • State Reserve Program: This program funds wastewater and drinking water projects as well as the Asset Inventory and Assessment (AIA) Grants and Merger / Regionalization Feasibility (MRF) Grants. Funding limits for water and wastewater projects as well as the grant programs are as follows:
    • Project Loans and Grants for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure. Funding is available to all local government units (LGUs) and non-profit water corporations and has grant limits of $3 million per applicant per project type (water/sewer) over a period of three consecutive fiscal years. Loans with a targeted interest rate have a limit of $3 million per applicant per project type over a period of three consecutive fiscal years. Loans at market interest rate have loan limits of $3 million per applicant per project type per year. Grant percentages of project costs are based upon affordability criteria.
    • Asset Inventory and Assessment Grants. This program funds both wastewater and drinking water projects. It is available to LGUs and non-profit water corporations and has a limit of $150,000 per applicant per project type (water/sewer) over three consecutive fiscal years. Funds related to this grant are available to inventory the existing water and/or sewer system and document the condition of the inventoried infrastructure.
    • Merger / Regionalization Feasibility Grants. This program funds both wastewater and drinking water projects. It is available to LGUs and non-profit water corporations and has a limit of $50,000 per applicant per project type over three consecutive fiscal years. Funds related to this grant are available to determine the feasibility of consolidating the management of multiple utilities into a single utility operation or to provide regional treatment and the best way of carrying out the consolidation or regionalization.
  • Viable Utility Reserve. This program provides grants for public water systems or wastewater systems owned by LGUs. Only funding for study grants (asset inventory and assessment, rate studies, and merger / regionalization feasibility studies) to LGUs designated as distressed are being offered this round.
  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund: This program funds wastewater and green projects. It is available to all LGUs and non-profit water corporations and offers low-interest loans up to $30 million per applicant.
  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund: This program funds drinking water projects. It is available to all LGUs, non-profit water corporations, and for-profit water corporations and offers low-interest loans up to $20 million per applicant.
  • Community Development Block Grant- Infrastructure (Approx. $20 million depending upon availability of funds): This program funds wastewater and drinking water projects. It is available to counties and municipalities and offers grants up to $2 million per applicant every three years.
If you are considering applying for funding related to any of the available programs listed above, the Division of Water Infrastructure encourages you to attend a training session. If you cannot attend training, Division staff will be available to meet on an individual basis. Application training will be held during the weeks of July 26 and August 6. Training begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Application materials will be available on the Division website before training begins at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-infrastructure/i-need-funding/application-forms-and-additional-resources .
 

New UNC School of Government Training for Boards, Small Town Planners, and CZOs


Do you need training for your land use boards? Do you need some help crafting a land use plan for your small town or county? Do you need to become a Certified Zoning Official? The UNC School of Government has several options beginning in August!
 
Board Workshops. School of Government zoning board workshops are back—virtually! In August and September we are offering remote board workshops on the procedures and considerations of land use decisions. One offering is focused on legislative zoning decisions (rezonings and zoning text amendments) with a target audience of planning boards and governing boards. The other offering is focused on quasi-judicial decisions (variances, special use permits, certificates of appropriateness) and geared toward boards of adjustment, preservation commissions, and planning or governing boards that make quasi-judicial decisions.    
 
Registration: $85
Quasi-Judicial Workshop: August 24 or September 13 (attend one) 1:00-4:30
Legislative Board Workshop: August 26 and September 14 (attend one) 1:00-4:30
Learn more and register here: https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/regional-board-workshops-planning-and-development-regulation
 
PlanNC Workshop. If a North Carolina community has zoning, it must have an up-to-date comprehensive or land use plan by July 2022. While many communities already have plans (or have the resources to craft plans), some communities may need a boost. This workshop is intended to provide that boost for planners and related staff in North Carolina communities that are tighter on planning resources. The workshop, along with the related PlanNC Guidebook, introduces a seven-step process for preparing impactful and streamlined community land use plans.
 
The workshop consists of a core program in two half-day sessions that presents the seven steps, provides examples, and facilitates group discussion. In addition, participants are encouraged to attend a bonus module that includes one half day on project management and meeting facilitation, and a second half day on low-cost mapping using QGIS open-source software.
 
Learning and assistance go beyond the workshop sessions. Participants are invited to join planning-focused monthly calls through fall 2021 and winter 2022 to support an ongoing planning process.
 
Registration: $240 for the Core Workshop and $100 for the 2 add-on days
Core Workshop: 1:00-5:00, August 31 & September 2 (attend both days)
Recommended Add-Ons: 1:00-5:00, September 7 & 9 (attend both days)
Learn more and register here: https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/plannc-workshops
 
Planning and Development Regulation Course (CZO Preparation). The School of Government has streamlined the coursework leading up to the Zoning Certification Exam. The newly configured Planning and Development Regulation Course is offered remotely over three sessions in the fall (attend all three sessions), leading up to the CZO exam.
 
Registration: $1,255
Learn more and register here: https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/planning-and-development-regulation
 

NTIA Grant Program Webinars

In June 2021, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) hosted six webinars informing attendees about the Broadband Infrastructure Program, Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, and Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program. Applications for the Broadband Infrastructure Program and Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program remain open on Grants.gov. For more information, potential applicants should visit NTIA's website to register for upcoming webinars or to view past webinars.

 

Our Town Placemaking Grants Program

The National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking Our Town grant program supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Grants range from $25,000 to $150,000. All grants require a nonfederal cost share/match. Initial applications due August 5.
 

Grant Opportunities

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