EPA is pleased to announce the release of a new web-based tool entitled, Federal Funding for Utilities - Water/Wastewater - in National Disasters (Fed FUNDS). Fed FUNDS fills an important need identified by water and wastewater utilities to better understand and get access to federal disaster funding. An intuitive tool, Fed FUNDS provides information tailored to the water sector as well as tips and funding application forms in one place for various federal disaster funding programs from FEMA, EPA, USDA, HUD, and SBA.

Using Fed FUNDS, a utility can quickly determine the most applicable funding programs, collect documentation of damage and repairs in a disaster, get insights on eligibility and the application process, obtain examples of successfully funded utility projects, and take advantage of utility funding mentors who can help you through the funding process. Fed FUNDS addresses national/regional-level disasters, but also applies to large-scale and even local disasters that result in service interruptions and significant damage to the critical water/wastewater infrastructure. In developing Fed FUNDS, EPA partnered with water utilities with successful experience in obtaining disaster funding, state agencies with roles in applying for funding, and federal agencies that operate disaster funding programs.

To access Fed FUNDS, go to http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/funding/fedfunds/index.cfm. As part of EPA's effort to introduce Fed FUNDS to the water sector, EPA is launching a series of workshops and webinars on federal disaster funding. For additional information on Fed FUNDS or federal disaster funding/recovery, contact your EPA Regional representative, or Headquarters representative David Goldbloom-Helzner at Goldbloom-Helzner.David@epa.gov.