The Site Cleanup Subaccount Program (SCAP) is a relatively new funding program (SB 445, 2014) which allows the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to issue grants for eligible projects that address the harm or threat of harm to human health, safety, or the environment caused by existing or threatened surface water or groundwater contamination. The program has an annual funding appropriation of $19.5 million.
Some key provisions of the SCAP program include:
• Public agencies/utilities, non-profit organizations, Indian Tribes, water purveyors, small businesses and individuals may apply for this grant.
• A regulatory agency must have issued a directive to the responsible party where feasible.
• The scope of the proposed project may include site characterization, source identification and/or remediation of the contamination.
• Documentation is required to show that the responsible party lacks the financial resources to implement the project.
• An applicant need not be the responsible party. A third party may apply on behalf of the responsible party in those instances where appropriate.
• An applicant who is not the responsible party must document the ability to legally access the property to implement the project.
Although there is no formal ranking criteria priority is given to those applicants that can demonstrate a significant threat to human health or the environment, or an impact to a small or disadvantaged community or lack of availability of other financial resources among other considerations.
There is no financial contribution requirement for eligible applicants and there are no project funding limits. Interested applicants can apply for funding from the program by completing a pre-application via FAAST on the State Water Board website. There is no deadline for submitting a pre-application. Review of the application by program staff is on a continuous, rolling basis. Once review of the pre-application is complete, the applicant will be contacted by program staff with either a request to submit additional documents for further eligibility evaluation or a recommendation to apply for another funding program where applicable.
For more information on the program and how to apply contact the Site Cleanup Subaccount Website at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/scap/