Interim and Emergency Funding Assistance for Schools
Bottled Water for Schools Grant Program
The purpose of the Bottled Water for Schools (BWFS) Grant Program is to provide bottled drinking water to eligible schools with a water quality or water supply issue.
Eligible sites include schools serving kindergarten or any of grades 1-12, and preschools and child day care facilities located on public school property statewide.
How to Apply
For schools interested in applying, please reach out to Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. RCAC will assist the school in preparing an application.
Funding Process Overview
The Program is administered by RCAC who works directly with vendors to set up and manage delivery of bottled drinking water to approved schools. The Program provides up to ¼ of a gallon per person per school day. Approved schools will be required to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with RCAC before deliveries can be made. For additional information on the MOU requirements, please visit RCAC's webpage: Bottled Water for Schools - RCAC.
Drinking Water for Schools Grant Program
The purpose of Drinking Water for Schools (DWFS) Grant Program is to improve access to, and the quality of, drinking water in public schools located within or serving disadvantaged communities (DACs). An additional $6.8 million has been authorized for the DWFS Grant Program (Round 2). Grant funds were awarded to Self-Help Enterprises (SHE) and Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), and they will act as Program Administrators. The first priority will be schools with impaired water quality. Program Administrators will reach out throughout the life of the program to schools meeting priority criteria.
To receive additional information on the program as it develops, please sign up for the Drinking Water for Schools email list ("Financial Assistance"; section).
Eligibility entities include Local Education Agencies (LEAs) serving kindergarten, or any of grates 1-12, inclusive, and preschools and child day care facilities, located on public school property statewide. Schools must be located within or serving a DAC.
How to Apply
For schools interested in applying, please reach out to RCAC or SHE. Webpages for Program Administrators are listed below under Reference Material for Round 2 Awarded Projects and contain directions on how to apply.
Funding Process Overview
Program Administrators will work directly with eligible school districts to develop and fund projects. LEAs can also complete an application and implement the project themselves or obtain assistance from SHE or RCAC. Technical Assistance from SHE and RCAC includes completing funding application, overseeing and inspecting project installations, monitoring, as well as planning and conducting operations and maintenance.
- Drinking Water for Schools Round 2 Guidelines
Reference Material for Round 2 Awarded Projects
Funded Projects Map
Coming soon! This map will show all active and closed BWFS and DWFS schools.
Urgent Drinking Water Needs Funding for Schools
Public schools facing drinking water emergencies (well failure, emergency repairs) may be eligible for Urgent Drinking Water Needs Funding as well. Typically, emergency repairs are only funded if shown to be a more cost-effective interim solution than provision of bottled or hauled water through the BWFS or DWFS Programs. For more information on this program, please visit the Urgent Drinking Water Needs webpage.
State Water Board Contacts
Matt Pavelchik, PG
Senior Engineering Geologist, Program Manager
Water Resources Control Engineer, Bottled Water for Schools Project Manager
Water Resources Control Engineer, Drinking Water for Schools Project Manager