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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) assists communities in meeting their environmental responsibilities and goals through environmental projects. In order to accomplish these projects, IDEM works in cooperation with other agencies to provide funding in the form of grants and loans.
The following grants and loans are available for local governments and other eligible entities who wish to tackle environmental problems within their community:
These grants are for water quality management planning to determine the nature, extent and causes of point and non-point source pollution problems, as well as develop plans to resolve these problems.
These grants are for projects that reduce documented non-point source water quality impairments. Funds may be available to develop and implement Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and watershed management plans, provide technical assistance, demonstrate new technology, conduct assessments, and provide education and outreach.
The SRF Loan Programs provide low interest loans to eligible entities for the planning, design, construction, renovation, improvement or expansion of wastewater and drinking water systems. SRF Program Loans or other financial assistance is available for improvements to wastewater and drinking water plants, sewer line and water line extensions projects. Funds are also available for the costs associated with non-point source water pollution abatement projects, such as wetland restoration/protection, erosion control measures, storm water projects that improve water quality practices, and wellhead and source protection measures.
The Recycling Market Development Program has a limited amount of funding available each year for private businesses to invest in equipment purchases to expand or create new recycling enterprises. Please visit our Recycling Market Development Program page for complete information.
The Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) administers several grants and loans with environmental technical support from IDEM staff as part of the Indiana Brownfields program. Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or underused properties where environmental contamination, either real or potential, hampers expansion and redevelopment. The IFA offers the following grants and loans for financial help in the process of site assessment, remediation, and demolition of brownfields:
Information for the Brownfields Program will vary by grant or loan:
The CFF is a grant program administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and is funded with federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars. These grants support a variety of projects that either benefit low-to-moderate income persons or eliminate slum/blight in communities. Eligible projects typically include infrastructure improvement (water, sewer, and storm drainage), fire protection, downtown revitalization, community centers, day care centers, senior centers, historic preservation, and infrastructure in support of housing.
The focus of this program is to provide funding (on a reimbursement basis) for the construction of facilities that will enhance boating for non-trailerable (26 feet or over in length), transient recreational boats. Funding can be used for such projects as slips for transient boaters, mooring buoys, navigational aids to direct safe entry to facilities, and initial dredging to provide transient vessels with safe channel depths.
Funding is very competitive and IDEM recommends early contact if expecting to apply for Tier 2 funding. A 25% matching contribution is required. Federal funds may not be used for matching.
The goal of the CVA is to reduce overboard sewage discharge from recreational boats. In accordance with the legislative goal, this grant program provides funding (on a reimbursement basis) for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pump-out stations, floating restrooms, holding tanks, and dump stations.