The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has made major revisions to its Source Water Protection Project and Abandoned Well Plugging grant programs.
The department has increased the allocations to fund these programs and is now accepting applications.
During the current open application period, there will be no maximum award limit for eligible projects.
The goal is to fund projects that can be completed and reimbursed before June 30, 2014. To do this, they have set up a grant application deadline of Dec. 31, 2013.
The Abandoned Well Plugging grant program is now available to any primary public water system that uses groundwater as their raw water source - systems that use groundwater wells.
In addition to removing the maximum award limit, per well reimbursement rates for plugging domestic or multiple family wells are now based on the total depth of the well to be plugged rather than capped at $1,000 per well as in past offerings.
The program is also offering to provide reimbursement for up to 90 percent of the total cost to plug public water wells up to $15,000 as opposed to the rate of 75 percent up to $10,000 that was used in the past.
The Source Water Protection Project grant program is available to all community public water systems in Missouri. Past offerings had limited the maximum award to $10,000, but the maximum has now been removed.
Approximately $370,000 is available to fund these programs in fiscal year 2014, but eligible projects will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis as allocated funds remain.
The degree of success with this current offering will be used to determine whether funds continue to be allocated towards these programs in future years.