Border Environment Infrastructure Fund
Funded by EPA, this program offers grant financing exclusively for the implementation of high-priority municipal drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects located within 100 kilometers of the U.S.-Mexico border.
NADB established the BEIF to administer grant resources provided by EPA for the implementation of high-priority municipal drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the border region. The objective of the BEIF program is to make infrastructure projects affordable by combining grant funds with loans and other forms of financing for communities along the border. It is designed to reduce project debt to a manageable level in cases where utility customers would face undue financial hardship and projects could not be implemented.
The prioritization process will consider eligible drinking water and wastewater projects that will use EPA funding to address public health and environmental conditions along the U.S.-Mexico border. Recognizing the disparity between the water infrastructure needs and the limited grant funds potentially available, the objective of this process is to prioritize projects by the severity of the human health and/or environmental needs to be addressed by the proposed project. To be considered eligible for the BEIF/PDAP prioritization process, projects, both in the U.S. and in Mexico, must propose to address existing conditions that if improved will have a positive impact to the health and environment in the U.S.
For more information on eligibility and evaluation criteria please visit the NADB’s BEIF page at:
Project Application EPA Region 9
Project Application EPA Region 9
BEIF/PDAP PRIORITIZATION PROCESS
PRIORITIZATION FOR DRINKING WATER AND WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Border Water Infrastructure Program supports both the Project Development Assistance Program (PDAP), administered by the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and the Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF), administered by the North American Development Bank (NADB).
The information provided in this Project Application will be evaluated for the purpose of prioritizing projects for available PDAP funding resources to support project planning and design. Once a project has completed planning and final design, it may be considered for BEIF construction funding based upon available resources. The determination of the BEIF amount for any project shall be based on the NADB affordability analysis, which reviews the project sponsor’s capacity, supported by revenue sources such as user rates, to financially contribute to the project through loan or equity.
The project shall complete project development activities including planning, environmental clearance, final design, including a proposed financial structure for the project, within 2 years of receiving notification of project selection. The project must also be able to complete construction within a 3-year period after signing a NADB sub-grant agreement for construction funding. In addition, the construction cost of any project shall not exceed US$30 million and the BEIF grant cannot exceed US$8 million.
A Project Application shall be completed for each independent project, defined as a mutually exclusive construction activity that can be funded, constructed, and fully function independent of another project. The project must be intended to serve an existing population and shall not be developed to provide service to future populations or to induce growth. Multiple Project Applications may be submitted by a project sponsor. Although not an exhaustive list, the following documents may be helpful to have access to in order to complete the application:
- Formal incorporation/ authorization to provide service
- Utility performance reports (i.e. number of accounts/users, water production/use)
- Audited financial statements and current operations budget
- Rate structure
- Property ownership documents
- Preliminary Engineering Report
- Environmental information
- Final Design
- Project Cost
- Existing permits
- Lab results for drinking water or wastewater discharge quality
- Documentation related to deficiencies or problem to be resolved by proposed project (work orders, pictures, health reports).
- Other funding applications/ responses
If submitting the application in physical form, application packets should be received at the BECC offices no later than 5 p.m. (MST), or if in electronic form, no later than 11:59 p.m. (MST), on August 1, 2017 for review in an initial ranking process. After the initial project application evaluation, ranking and selection process, the application cycle is expected to remain open with evaluations occurring on a periodic basis and the ranked project list updated. Project selection will depend on the availability of funding.