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Application status: Open until November 30, 2022 for funding approval in 2023.
See the list of approved projects for 2022.
The Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP), which launched in 1991, provides cost-shared funding to eligible municipalities to help build municipal facilities for water supply and treatment, and wastewater treatment and disposal.
Program funding is determined each budget cycle.
Eligible projects can receive up to 75% of project costs. Funding is calculated as a percentage of eligible project costs (rounded to 2 decimal points) based on the municipality’s official population when the grant is approved.
For hamlets, population is based on a statutory declaration from the municipality applying on the hamlet's behalf.
Populations and grant percentages are determined at the time of approval and do not change during the project.
Table 1. Formulas to determine funding
|Less than 1,000||75 % of eligible project cost|
|1,000 to 3,000||Grant = [(0.5 X Population) + 250] X 100 / Population
Example: Population = 2,300
[(0.5 X 2,300) + 250] X 100 / 2,300 = 60.87
Grant = 60.87% of projects costs
|3,001 to 10,000||Grant = [(0.25 x Population) + 1,000] X 100 / Population
Example: Population = 5,300
[(0.25 X 5,300) + 1,000] X 100 / 5,300 = 43.87
Grant = 43.87% of projects costs
|10,001 to 45,000||Grant = 35 – [0.001 X (Population - 10,000)]
Example: Population = 15,300
35 – [0.001 X (15,300 – 10,000)] = 29.7
Grant = 29.7% of project costs
The following individual municipalities can apply for funding to support standalone facilities:
- cities (under 45,000 population)
- summer villages
- regional commissions
- regional commissions are eligible to receive funding for multi-municipal, commission-owned water supply, water treatment and wastewater treatment facilities as outlined in the project eligibility criteria below
- municipalities part of a regional commission but require their own facilities can submit individual applications for funding
- counties, municipal districts, Metis Settlements, and the Special Areas responsible for making applications on behalf of communities within their jurisdiction that have been:
- deemed an eligible hamlet by Alberta Transportation and received prior approval under other water/wastewater programs
- deemed an eligible hamlet by consisting of a group of 10 or more occupied dwellings, the majority of which are on titled parcels of less than 1,850 square metres of land with a:
- defined boundary
- distinct name
- provision for non-residential uses
Country residential subdivisions, condominium associations and private developments are not eligible hamlets.
Rural municipalities should learn if a hamlet is eligible for funding prior to project implementation.
Rural municipalities can request that a community be added to the official list of eligible hamlets. The request must include the population and a plan showing:
- parcel size
- land use designations
- community boundary
We assess the eligibility of proposed projects. Funding may be available for the following projects:
Water supply and treatment
- raw-water intakes and wells
- raw-water supply lines to storage facilities
- raw-water storage facilities
- raw-water supply lines from storage facilities to treatment facilities
- water treatment facilities
- treated-water supply line from the treatment plant to the first connection point on the distribution system
- treated-water storage facilities and related works
- outfall sewer from last connection point on the collection system to the wastewater treatment facilities
- wastewater treatment facilities
- outfall sewers from the wastewater facilities to the point of discharge or disposal and related works
- septage receiving stations at wastewater treatment plants, up to a limit of 20% of the cost of the facility and 20% of the capacity of the facility
- small projects "at the plant" which would enhance the treatment process, such as chlorination or fluoridation
- planning and/or design studies directly related to an eligible project
- general municipal infrastructure planning studies for eligible municipalities under 10,000 population
- Municipalities are required to carry out projects on a contract basis. Alternate procurement approaches which align with obligations under trade agreements, such as P3 delivery can be considered.
- All services, material and equipment used on funded projects must be from the private sector.
- Municipalities are encouraged to support Alberta companies supplying goods and services to the waterworks and wastewater industry.
- The applicant must demonstrate that the project is cost-effective and can be economically justified compared to other facility solutions.
Optional application information
- Provide full lifecycle costs of the project (include initial capital costs, maintenance and operating costs).
- Asset management planning information.
- Identify any innovative construction material or water/wastewater techniques that will potentially reduce construction and operating costs.
The following projects are not eligible for this grant:
- updates to municipal infrastructure planning studies
- water distribution and/or sewage collection systems
This grant can cover the following costs:
- construction costs
- right-of-way acquisition and/or land costs, including expropriation costs
- relocation and adjustment of associated utilities
- engineering costs
- survey fees
- legal fees
- advertising for tenders
- other costs (such as audit fees)
- interim financing costs on unpaid grants from the time of project completion until the grant is paid
Municipalities should contact us to determine eligibility of other related costs.
This grant will not cover the following costs:
- municipal labour and equipment
- administration costs, such as municipal employee and council member salaries and office administration costs
- water licence costs
- interim financing costs (with the exception of interim financing costs on unpaid grants from the time of project completion until the grant is paid)
How to apply
Step 1. Select project
Municipalities should contact us prior to applying to discuss the eligibility of proposed projects.
Funding applications must be submitted to the department by November 30, 2022.
The municipal council must make a motion to apply for funding for the project.
Where projects are not approved, applicants are required to re-affirm their request for funding each November to ensure cost estimates are up to date.
Step 2. Complete the application package
We will work with the municipality to review the scope of work and the cost-effectiveness of the project.
Regional Directors and Infrastructure Managers in our regional offices are available to provide advice to the municipality during the preparation of the project proposal.
Include the following documents in the application package:
- a letter to the Regional Director in the Transportation Regional Office from each member municipality or the regional commission requesting funding
- request for funding
- project plan
- project description
- project rationale (design criteria)
- proposed implementation schedule
- detailed cost estimates following the cost estimate requirements
- outline of how the municipal share of project costs will be funded
- rate base for water and wastewater service and the extent of metering
- method of procurement
- asset management planning information (where applicable)
- outline any innovative construction materials used or techniques
The municipality must enter the project information in the Municipal Grants Management Application.
Step 3. Submit the application package
Submit the application package by email or mail to your local Transportation Regional Office representative.
Find your region by checking the Municipalities, Locations and Corresponding Transportation Regions list (PDF, 608 KB).
Applicants will be notified in writing of the project's eligibility for funding. Project approval is conditional upon funding availability and the suitability of the project.
Applications will be evaluated based on:
- project size
- municipal population (actual and projected)
The following will also be considered:
- date the application is submitted
- type of project, prioritized as follows:
- Priority 1: health-related improvements involving upgrading water treatment or water supply facilities
- Priority 2: environmental protection improvements related to wastewater treatment projects affecting the environment
- Priority 3: system and development related improvements, such as safety, fire protection and operational improvements
Step 1. Sign memorandum of agreement
In consultation with the municipality, we will select a payment method for each approved project. Larger, more complex projects will require a formal agreement with the municipality.
We will develop a memorandum of agreement outlining our responsibilities and the municipality’s responsibilities. The agreement will include a grant calculation chart and grant payments schedule.
The mayor or reeve and chief administrative officer must sign 2 copies of the agreement on behalf of the municipality. The signed copies must be witnessed or sealed and then returned to the department for execution.
Step 2. Select construction basis
Work on the funded project must be done on a contract basis.
For smaller projects, it may be more feasible to complete the work on a per day labour basis. The municipality must receive prior approval from us if it wants to use this option.
Work undertaken with municipal forces (equipment and labour) is not eligible under the program.
When renting equipment for construction on a per day labour basis, the rental rates for equipment must not exceed the current year rental rates as published in the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association’s Equipment Rental Rates and Membership Roster.
The municipality must advertise tenders for projects undertaken on a contract basis.
Step 3. Accept lowest bid
We follow the principle of awarding work to the lowest bona fide bidder.
Municipalities are required to do the same and award work to the lowest bona fide bidder when tendering projects funded by the department.
If the municipality accepts a higher bid without prior approval from the department, the municipality will jeopardize the grant funding for its project.
If the municipality believes there are exceptional circumstances where the lowest bid is unacceptable, it must submit a written report to us requesting approval to award to other than the low bidder.
The report must clearly explain the municipality’s reasons for the recommendation and provide details of all tenders received. We will review the report and advise the municipality how it will impact the grant funding.
The municipality must provide the following information before receiving payment:
- a summary of tenders
- price schedule of the selected tender
- estimated construction start date
- project costs to date
Step 4. Conduct work
The municipality is responsible for:
- financing the entire cost of the project
- getting all necessary permits, licences, authorities, property easements and lands:
- retaining competent engineering expertise as required to meet provincially acceptable design, construction and environmental standards
- building the project at sole risk in accordance with the project's plans and specifications
- assuming all liability for damage claims related to the project
Step 5. Receive advance payment(s)
After we review the project status, we may provide the municipality with an advance payment which is a portion of the estimated grant.
Depending on the program’s cash flow and the status of project, the amount and timing of funding payments may vary.
The timing of the payments can be structured to flow with the construction of the project as determined during the approval process.
The final payment is then issued upon completion and verification of costs.
Step 6. Deposit funds in separate account
Funds received that exceed current expenditures must be invested in a separate account.
The interest earned from these funds must be applied to reduce the total project costs, excluding GST.
Project revenue earned through the investment of these funds will be deducted from project costs before the grant calculation is made.
Contact us for more information on this interest policy.
Step 7. Notify when project is 80% complete
The municipality must keep us regularly informed of the project’s progress.
Before receiving additional payment, the municipality must notify us in writing of costs incurred to date when the project is nearly 80% complete.
Other advance payments may be available over the course of the project, depending on project size and funding availability.
Step 8. Complete work
Once the municipality is satisfied that the project is complete, it must notify us and prepare its submission for final payment.
We may either inspect the project work or ask the municipality to provide evidence a professional engineer completed an inspection.
Step 9. Submit final payment claim form
The municipality must submit the following information to us to receive the final grant payment after the project is complete:
- final payment claim form with project invoices and revenues
- construction and engineering costs must be itemized separately
- summary of details of interim financing charges, if applicable
- details of interest earned on the project
- confirmation, on municipal letterhead, that the project is complete
The municipality must advise the department of any cost changes that occurred.
Step 10. Receive final payment
We will review the final claim before making the final payment to the municipality.
The department may audit projects that receive grant funding.
The municipality must notify us of project cost or scope changes as soon as possible.
We will review the information and may approve funding and scope changes that fall within the eligibility limits. Scope changes and cost increases will be considered new projects and may be eligible for future grants.
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