ARPA Sewer and Water Utility Infrastructure Grant Program

In support of improving public health and addressing housing availability due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, Pierce County developed a grant program to allocate federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) stimulus funding for sewer and water system infrastructure improvements. 

The ARPA Sewer and Water Utility Infrastructure Grant Program is intended to build stronger communities by partnering with local jurisdictions and eligible organizations to:

  • Invest in critical utility infrastructure projects that improve access to clean drinking water.
  • Support vital wastewater infrastructure.
  • Support increased availability for affordable housing.

The deadline has been extended. All applications are now due by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. 

The new deadline does not impact the grant eligibility and requirements. Applicants who have already submitted their application(s) before July 29 and wish to make changes may email [email protected] and provide the project title of the application they wish to amend.



Dana Larsen

Strategic Planning and Asset Manager

Sewer Division

[email protected]

Application Process and Timeline

Pierce County Planning and Public Works Department is accepting applications for two capital infrastructure programs, the Sewer and Water Utility Infrastructure Partnership Program and the Sewer and Water Utility Infrastructure Support Program, both described below.

The deadline has been extended. All applications are now due by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022.

Pierce County will organize a panel tasked with reviewing all applications using a scoring matrix that is based upon criteria included in this grant application request.

ARPA grant timeline

Applicant Responsibility

Applicants are expected to fully read all information provided by Pierce County regarding this grant program. In addition, there are several additional County policies and expectations of your organization, which may impact your organization's decision to apply for this federal funding. 

Applicants are expected to: 

  • Self-assess project eligibility before making a submission.
  • Seek prior approval by the head of their organization before making a submission. 
  • Provide accurate, truthful, complete, and timely information.
  • Comply with all laws, regulations, guidelines, and agreements.
  • Comply with all applicable County policies and procedures, including but not limited to the following (which are available upon request):
    • County's Purchasing Policy.
    • County's Subrecipient Policy and Evaluation.
    • Make the proposed project a priority of the organization.
    • Complete the project in accordance with the approved scope of work and agreed upon timeline.
    • Read and continually refer to the application instructions and other future guidance from the County program administrators, including subsequent reporting guidelines.
    • Be in good standing with the State of Washington and Pierce County, including any delinquent outstanding debt to the County for any purpose.
    • Certify the organization, its employees, its contractors, and its future subrecipients are not on the United States of America's suspended or debarred business list (see the following website for further information: OFCCP Debarred Companies).
    • Work with County staff throughout the lifecycle of the project as the County evaluates the project for compliance and effectiveness. 

Funding Source

Funding for the ARPA Utility Infrastructure Grant Program is provided from the State’s allocation of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the federal ARPA stimulus funding provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (U.S. Treasury). 

The applicant must adhere to all rules and requirements of the U.S. Treasury, the Office of Financial Management (OFM), and Commerce. Prior to receiving funds, a subrecipient agreement will need to be executed with Pierce County. Award letters with instructions to initiate contracting process will be mailed to each grant recipients. 

Included with the award letter will be an overview of steps to access your grant funds and additional information that may be needed to complete pre-contracting requirements.

Applicants will be required to verify matching funds prior to the date of the grant award. Applications with zero matching funds will be disqualified.

Estimated available funding amounts:

  • Sewer and Water Utility Infrastructure Partnership Program: Up to $8 million
  • Sewer and Water Utility Infrastructure Support Program: Up to $2 million

All ARPA grant funds awarded must be obligated by Dec. 31, 2024, and expended by Dec. 31, 2026.

How to Submit Application 

The application is available online. Applicants that submit requests for multiple projects must complete a separate application for each project request. Applicants will receive a confirmation email after submitting an application, including a copy of the submitted application. 

The deadline has been extended. All applications are now due by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022.

Applications for each grant program can be completed online by following the links below:

If you have any questions, please contact Dana Larsen at [email protected].