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Emergency Grants

Statutory Restrictions

  • $100,000 maximum per project per applicant during any fiscal year
  • Emergency situation--defined as a life, health, or property threatening situation
  • Applicant cannot reasonably finance the project without assistance from the OWRB
  • 15% local contribution required

Eligible Entities

  • Counties
  • Towns and municipalities
  • Public works authorities
  • School districts
  • Districts formed under Title 82 of the State's statutes as follows:
    • Water conservancy districts
    • Rural water districts
    • Irrigation districts

Eligible Projects

  • Water supply reservoirs
  • Storage tanks
  • Water supply and distribution systems
  • Water treatment systems
  • Wastewater treatment systems
  • Wastewater collection systems

Priority Point Procedure

The Grant Priority Evaluation Policy (priority given to applicant with highest total points out of 120 maximum points) is used to distribute grant funds, using the following criteria:

  • Nature of emergency (50 points maximum)
  • Water and sewer rates (13 points maximum)
  • Monthly debt payment (10 points maximum)
  • Local contribution (10 points maximum)
  • Median household income (10 points maximum)
  • Applicant's ability to finance the project (12 points maximum)
  • Amount of grant requested (varies from 5 points for amounts more than $94,999 to 10 points for $25,000 or less)
  • Benefit to other systems (5 points maximum)
  • Application number (up to 14 point deduction)

Applications that receive 60 or more points are placed on the grant Priority List. Applications are then recommended for approval to the Board when all other funding sources are secured and adequate grant funds are available for obligation.


Application Compare OWRB Financing Programs Financial Assistance Dashboard Fact Sheet Grant FAQ Rules (Chapter 50)

Program Contacts

Joe Freeman, Chief Jerri Hargis, Projects & Operations Manager FAD@owrb.ok.gov

Financial Assistance Division
OK Water Resources Board
3800 North Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone 405-530-8800
Fax 405-530-8898

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