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Water & Sewer Regional Planning

To promote collaboration and cooperation between water systems throughout the state of Kansas, this program works with KDHE's Regional Water Planning Grant to provide funding for preliminary engineering studies.



maximum or


of the cost for a preliminary engineering study



from local funds or combined with KDHE Regional Planning Grant funds

Accepted Year-Round

January 2, 2023, - December 1, 2023



  • done
    Have an acceptable use project
  • done
    Benefit low-to-moderate income households
  • done
    At least 50% matching funds


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Program Overview

Funding Amounts

For 2023, the Water and Sewer Regional Planning Grant will provide 50 percent of the cost to develop a preliminary engineering study, up to a maximum of $12,500. The 50 percent match can come from local funds or in combination with funds from the KDHE Regional PWS Planning Grant Program.

Qualifying Projects

Funding from this programs helps to promote collaboration and consolidation of water systems throughout Kansas. Eligible expenses include:

  • Projects that will result in system consolidation where three or more systems merge, resulting in one public water supply system with a single governing body.
  • Projects that result in the creation or expansion of a Public Wholesale Water Supply District.
  • Projects that benefit a minimum of two public water supply systems and must be primary systems not currently connected.

Selection Criteria

Funding for the Water and Regional Planning Grant program follows the procedures in the Grant Guidelines document.

Key considerations include:

  • Procurement and Engineering Services must follow CDBG procurement requirements. See a sample RFP here.
  • For purposes of the feasibility study, primary systems must form a legally recognized entity (Public Wholesale Water Supply District or Interlocal Agreement).
  • Communities who have not been awarded a CDBG Grant in the annual competition within the last five years in Housing, Community Facilities, or Water and Sewer will receive 10 bonus points on their application rating.
  • 10 bonus points will be awarded if at least 10% of local match comes from other private sources such as foundations (not bonds or state and federal agencies).
  • Download grant guidelines for more information on program requirements.


Is there a match requirement?

Yes, the application requires a 25% cash match.

Can the donation of land meet part of the match requirement?

Yes, it can but at least 10% of the match must be cash.

How to figure out the low- and moderate-income (LMI) requirements?

Cities and Counties can qualify by using the 2015 HUD Census data spreadsheet to determine their current LMI percent that HUD is reporting as a qualifier. If the community does not meet our 51 percent LMI requirement based on the data in that document, they can choose to do an income-based survey of the city or county that benefits from the project. Sometimes projects are not a city-wide or county-wide benefit, which results in target area benefit. To meet the 51 percent LMI requirement for this type of project, an income-based survey of the beneficiaries only in that area is required. Additional information on how to conduct an income-based survey can be requested from the CDBG team.

If we apply for more than one project will that hurt our applications rating or chances?

Cities are eligible to submit only one application per year for our Annual Competition. Counties may apply for two. They may apply for one for themselves or one on behalf of another organization or entity.

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Tips for Success

Communities interested in consolidating systems will be asked to meet with CDBG, KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment), Kansas Water Office and USDA-Rural Development, to discuss their project prior to submitting an application.

There is a Cost Share program available between CDBG and KDHE, that allows 100% of the feasibility study to be conducted with grant funds. For information on how to apply to KDHE for their Regional Planning Grant funding you can visit Planning Assistance Grants | KDHE, KS.

How to Apply


LMI help The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program requires that each CDBG funded activity must either principally benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or meet a community development need having a particular urgency.

View LMI Family Income Limits for
Persons in
LMI Family Income Limit*

*LMI calculations are from 2015 Census and LMI by household are from 2022 HUD Section 8. Final LMI will be confirmed upon application review.


Find Assistance

Assistance from a professional with CDBG grant experience can help you streamline and strengthen your application. Some or all of the costs to engage help can be covered by your award.

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Have Questions?

Email Ginny Eardley, CDBG Specialist,
[email protected]
(785) 230-6319