Who We Are
Region 8 Environmental Finance Center (EFC)
NRWA’s EFC helps communities find effective and innovative ways to help address the growing costs of protecting public health and the environment in a sustainable and equitable manner. The EFC provides finance-related training, technical assistance, finance studies, and other analytical support to help guide communities’ critical environmental infrastructure consisting of drinking water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer systems on lowering costs, increasing investments, improving financial capacity, encouraging full cost pricing, and identifying and evaluating financing options.
The EFC provides T/TA to community leaders to develop sustainable solutions to the critical "how-to-pay" issues associated with meeting environmental standards and goals.
NRWA was selected in April 2017 to establish the Region 8 Environmental Finance Center (EFC) in order to provide multi-media environmental finance expertise and outreach to regulated communities to help them meet environmental requirements.The National Rural Water Association (NRWA) is dedicated to training, supporting, and promoting water and wastewater professionals that serve small communities across the United States. NRWA provides training and technical assistance throughout all 50 states. Through affiliated State Rural Water offices, NRWA currently serves over 30,000 system members. In the past year, State Rural Water Affiliate staff delivered over 75,000 on-site technical assistance visits and 150,000 hours of training to more than 37,000 utilities. NRWA training and technical assistance covers every aspect of operating, managing, and financing water and wastewater utilities.
What are Environmental Finance Centers?
Knowledge about how to fund environmental programs is often limited. But financing mechanisms are essential to successfully implementing environmental programs at local, state, and federal levels. There is a significant need to educate public officials, currently on the front lines of financing environmental facilities and services, about options and tools available to help them meet their regulatory requirements and individual program goals.
Rural Water Loan Fund
National Rural Water Association (NRWA)
The Rural Water Loan Fund provides low-cost loans for short-term repair costs, small capital projects or replacement costs, or pre-development costs associated with proposed water and wastewater projects. Systems must be public entities (municipalities, counties, special purpose districts, Native American Tribes, nonprofit corporations and cooperatives) serving up to 10,000 persons, or in rural areas with no population limits.
Water Finance Clearinghouse
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Water Finance Clearinghouse is an easily navigable web‐based portal to help communities locate information and resources that will assist them in making informed decisions for their drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs. The Water Finance Clearinghouse includes two searchable databases: one contains available funding sources for water infrastructure and the second contains resources, such as reports, weblinks, webinars etc. on financing mechanisms and approaches that can help communities access capital to meet their water infrastructure needs.
Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. This program assists qualified applicants who are not otherwise able to obtain commercial credit on reasonable terms. Eligible applicants include: most state and local governmental entities, private nonprofits, and Federally-recognized tribes.
USDA Rural Utilities Service Denver Federal Center Building 56, Room E-2300 Denver, CO, 80225