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Technical Assistance Program

Program Overview
Types of Technical Assistance
Eligible Projects
Eligible Applicants
When to Apply
How to Apply
Contact Information


NOTE: WIFA HAS REDESIGNED ITS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019. PLEASE REVIEW WEBPAGE AND MATERIALS CAREFULLY.

    Program Overview
    The purpose of WIFA's Technical Assistance Program is to help water and wastewater facilities develop, fund and implement capital improvement projects. WIFA will manage all available funding sources so that the best possible financing package is provided.

    Major differences from the previous Technical Assistance Program include:
    • Technical assistance will be incorporated into a WIFA construction loan
    • WIFA will select and contract directly with the engineer or other consultant
    • Funds will be available year-round through the loan application process
    • Two types of technical assistance will be available: Project Design and Satisfying Federal Requirements



    Technical Assistance Type 1:
    Project Design
    Technical Assistance Type 2:
    Satisfying Federal Requirements
    Eligible Projects Design of an infrastructure project
    Design alternative
    analysis/selection
    Environmental review
    Cost and Effectiveness Analysis
    Fiscal Sustainability Plan
    Eligible Applicants Cities, towns, tribal entities and special districts who:
    Own a public water system
    Own a wastewater facility
    Manage stormwater

    ACC-regulated drinking water systems
    * Service population 10,000 or less, or disadvantaged community *
    Cities, towns, tribal entities and special districts who:
    Own a public water system
    Own a wastewater facility
    Manage stormwater

    ACC-regulated drinking water systems
    ** No population limit **
    Funding Amounts for FY2019 Drinking water projects: $300,000 between 6-10 projects Wastewater and stormwater projects: $150,000 between 3-5 projects
    Local Match None - Any cost overages can be included in the loan
    Funding Schedule Will be awarded on an ongoing basis, until funds allotted for fiscal year are spent or awarded, or until fiscal year-end.

    WIFA will select a technical assistant provider (engineer or consultant) to provide the technical assistance and will contract directly with the technical assistant provider to stipulate the scope of work, cost, and deliverable due dates. WIFA will then refer eligible technical assistance requests to the selected technical assistance provider
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    Types of Technical Assistance


    The types of technical assistance offered include:

    Type 1: Project Design
    1. Design of an infrastructure project - for systems with a service population of 10,000 or less, or which meet WIFA’s criteria for a disadvantaged community
    2. Selection of design alternative – for systems with a service population of 10,000 or less, or which meet WIFA’s criteria for a disadvantaged community


    Type 2: Satisfying Federal Requirements
    1. Environmental Assessment (if required as a condition of WIFA funding)
    2. Cost and Effectiveness Analysis (if required as a condition of WIFA funding)
    3. Fiscal Sustainability Plan (if required as a condition of WIFA funding)

    An applicant may receive more than one type of technical assistance, but the amount awarded per applicant will be capped at $50,000. Any cost overages can be included in the loan.
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    Eligible Applicants
    Applicants which are eligible for a WIFA loan are eligible for technical assistance funding. The Project Design type of technical assistance is for systems with a service population of 10,000 or less, or which meet WIFA’s criteria for a disadvantaged community.
    Eligible CW applicants
    Eligible DW applicants

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    When to Apply
    Applications for technical assistance funding are accepted on a continuous basis, as part of the Project Priority List application.

    WIFA expects these funds to be in high demand and that not all technical assistance requests will be accommodated, especially as the fiscal year-end approaches. In the event that funds are limited, requests related to addressing compliance, water quality or public health concerns will be given priority, determined by the PPL application’s score for those criteria.

    Unless funds are exhausted sooner, the technical assistance funds will remain available until the April Arizona Finance Authority (AFA) Board Meeting. At that time, any eligible WIFA loan applicant, regardless of population or disadvantaged community status, may request technical assistance funds for work associated with a new WIFA construction loan. The technical assistance funds must be committed at the June AFA Board Meeting.

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    How to Apply
    If you’re unsure of how to proceed, fill out the Request for WIFA TA form. WIFA staff will contact you to set up an on-site meeting to determine what type of technical assistance would be most appropriate for your system/situation.

    If you’re ready to move forward with applying for a loan, complete a Project Priority List application and indicate in Section 3 that you would like the application to be considered for technical assistance funds. Proceed with the established steps for a WIFA loan. WIFA’s Board will approve any technical assistance as part of the loan approval process.

    Contact Information
    Sara Konrad, Senior Program Administrator
    [email protected]
    (602) 364-1319

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