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Summary of financial assistance

Wisconsin provided over $6.2 billion in financial assistance to municipalities since State Fiscal Year (SFY) 1991 through two environmental financing programs:

  • Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP), for wastewater and storm water, since 1991, including the Small Loans Program (SLP); and
  • Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP), for drinking water, since 1998, including the Private Lead Service Line (LSL) Replacement Funding Program (SFYs 2017-2018 and 2021).

Total financial assistance provided: $6,264,098,766

Total financial assistance provided between 05/01/1991 and 06/30/2021.
Program # of Projects Loan Principal Forgiveness Small Loan Total Assistance Provided
CWFP 1,203 $4,989,477,958 $318,644,798 $33,107,801 $5,341,230,557
SDWLP 423 $796,338,777 $87,453,327 n/a $883,792,104
LSL '17-'18 64 n/a $26,857,885 n/a $26,857,885
LSL '21 16 n/a $12,218,220 n/a $12,218,220
TOTALS 1,706 $5,785,816,735 $445,174,230 $33,107,801 $6,264,098,766

Does not include nearly $129 million of financial hardship grants that were awarded through 2017 and prior to statutory changes eliminating the hardship financial assistance program.

Projects map

View the interactive map which shows CWFP and SDWLP loan recipient locations. Selecting any project on the map will display its information, including the funding year and source. The map is customizable by clicking on the layer list icon in the upper, right corner.

About Environmental Loans

Wisconsin implements a state revolving loan fund that combines federal capitalization grants from the EPA Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds with state funding to provide financial assistance to municipalities in the form of subsidized loans for drinking water, wastewater, and storm water infrastructure projects. Some municipalities may also be eligible for funding in the form of principal forgiveness. The Environmental Improvement Fund (EIF) is managed and administered jointly by the DNR Environmental Loans Section and the DOA Capital Finance Office.

Under the CWFP and SDWLP, municipalities may receive financial assistance in the form of reduced-interest rate loans; additional subsidy to reduce the size of a loan or a combination of assistance to keep project costs low. The Environmental Loan (EL) programs can finance construction as it takes place; refinance interim debt used to design and construct a project and reimburse municipal funds used for project costs. The CWFP is the successor to the EPA Construction Grant Program.

Intended Use Plan

The Intended Use Plan (IUP) identifies, by state fiscal year, the use of federal capitalization grant monies, how the DNR program supports the goals of the federal Act, and describes how the DNR program will operate during the corresponding state fiscal year. Each draft IUP is available for public comment prior to finalization. The final IUP is included in our federal capitalization grant application to EPA.

Informational Paper

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau Informational Paper on the EIF describes background about the separate financing programs for local governments; financial assistance criteria; components of the loan programs; special provisions and program administration.

Annual Reports

DNR provides annual reports to EPA on the CWFP and SDWLP. The annual reports include lists of projects for which DNR and DOA entered into a Financial Assistance Agreement during the applicable year, as well as historical information from previous years. In addition to project lists, the annual reports describe activities that occurred during the applicable year, program compliance with federal requirements, and the financial status of the funds. Direct annual report questions to Becky Scott.

Contact information
For information on this topic, contact:
Matt Marcum or Becky Scott or DOA Capital Finance Office staff

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