Clean Water Financing & Assistance

Programs Overview

The Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund (VCWRLF), previously known as the Virginia Revolving Loan Fund, was created in 1987. DEQ, on behalf of the State Water Control Board (SWCB), manages the VCWRLF, administering the policy aspects of the Fund, receiving applications and providing funding recommendations to the SWCB. The Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) serves as the financial manager of the Fund.

Initially, the VCWRLF included a single program which was established to provide financial assistance in the form of low-interest loans to local governments for needed improvements at publicly-owned wastewater treatment facilities and/or collection systems. In 1999, 2001 and 2003 the scope of VCWRLF activity was expanded by the State Water Control Board and DEQ implemented additional programs to provide low interest loans related to agricultural and other non-point source water quality issues. The following loan programs are now operated within the Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund.

Wastewater Loan Program

Loans provided to Virginia local governments to assist with wastewater treatment plant and/or collection system improvements. Localities may apply for a loan from the VCWRLF Wastewater Loan Program for any expansion, upgrade, extension, replacement, repairs, rehabilitation, and/or additions to publicly-owned wastewater collection and treatment facilities; construction of any needed new facility or new conveyance system; and any planning and/or design costs associated with the above improvements.

Agricultural BMP Loan Program

This loan program has been suspended indefinitely.  If you have any questions, please contact Karen Doran at 804/ 698-4133  or  Kelly Ward at 804/ 698-4295.

Brownfield Loan Program

Loans provided to local governments, public authorities, partnerships or corporations for activities undertaken at Brownfield sites, as defined in §10.1 1230, for the purpose of reducing ground water contamination or reducing risk to public health.

Land Conservation Loan Program

Loans provided to local governments or holders, as defined in §10.1-1009 of the Code of Virginia, for acquiring fee simple title or permanent conservation or open space easements that (1) protect or improve water quality and prevent the pollution of state waters, and (2) protect the natural or open-space values of the property or assure its availability for agricultural, forestal, recreational, or open-space use.

Storm Water Loan Program

Loans provided to local governments for the construction of facilities or structures or implementation of best management practices that reduce or prevent pollution of state waters caused by storm water runoff from impervious surfaces.

Living Shorelines Program

Loans provided to local governments in order to directly establish living shorelines themselves or to establish a local government funding program for individual citizens to establish living shorelines on their properties to protect or improve water quality.

Water Quality Improvement Fund

Currently, project eligibility is limited to design and installation of nutrient reduction technology at Chesapeake Bay watershed publicly owned wastewater treatment plants.  The DEQ Director is required to sign an agreement with all eligible applicants with one exception.  The Director may defer a grant if it is determined that the use of nutrient credits in accordance with the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Nutrient Credit Exchange Program (§ 62.1-44.19:12 et seq.) would be significantly more cost-effective than the installation of nutrient controls for the facility in question.

Detailed information regarding any of the Virginia Clean Water Financing and Assistance programs can be obtained by contacting:

Karen Doran, Program Manager
Department of Environmental Quality
Clean Water Financing & Assistance Program
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, Virginia  23218
Telephone: (804) 698-4133


FY 19 Annual Solicitation

The State Water Control Board (SWCB) is presenting its draft list of targeted FY 2019 loan recipients for public review and comment.  A public meeting will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in the 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1111 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. 

The public review and comment period will end immediately following the public meeting.  Here is the Project Priority List with links for the Public Notice documents.

FY 2019 SLAF Solicitation

DEQ's solicitation of applications for financial assistance through the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF) is now closed. Applications are currently under review and the list of grant recipients will be posted after the first of the year.

CWFAP Notifications

To improve communication, efficiency and timeliness, sign up HERE to receive e-mail notifications on the funding opportunities available through the Clean Water Financing and Assistance Program to include solicitations for the Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund and the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund.

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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