Louisiana Division of Administration

LGAP and CWEF Programs

About the Local Government Assistance Program and Community Water Enrichment Fund

LGAP and CWEF are funded annually through the state’s capital outlay, construction program. LGAP is designed to fill the gaps where there are no federal or other state funds available to assist local governments with an identified high priority need. Priority is given to projects that resolve basic human health and safety needs, such as fire and police protection and sewer and water improvements. CWEF provides funding to aid units of local government in rehabilitating, improving and constructing projects for community water systems to provide safe, clean drinking water. 

$400,000 has been set-aside in each of the programs for projects determined to be of an emergency nature that affect the health and safety of residents of an area.  The ceiling amount for an individual emergency grant is $200,000. The emergency situation must have occurred within 3 months of application submission.  Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis.  Local governments interested in applying for these funds should first contact Jeff Tessier in the Office of Community Development to discuss the proposed project.  If it is determined by the Office of Community Development that the proposed project meets the intent of the program, the local government will be invited to submit an application.

Local Government Assistance Program

$4 million has been made available for continuation of the Local Government Assistance Program for fiscal year 2020-2021. The Office of Community Development has developed guidelines for the use of these funds which will allow local governments to apply for assistance for various community projects. The Administrative Rules for LGAP were published in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act in January, 2020.

Eligible Applicants

All municipalities and parishes within the state of Louisiana that are identified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as non-entitlement communities are eligible to apply for assistance.

Eligible Activities
Fire protection, sewer, water, renovations to essential governmental buildings, police protection, land acquisition, demolition, equipment, roads, drainage, and reasonable engineering costs (10% of grant award for basic engineering services if associated with construction and 3% for inspection services) are eligible for assistance under this program.

Ineligible Activities

Previously incurred debt, improvements to private property, on-going salaries, overtime for government employees, administration, engineering-only or planning-only projects are not eligible activities under this program. Projects intended for “recreational use” such as playground equipment, park benches/trash receptacles, or walking trails are not eligible.

Grant Amounts
Maximum grant ceiling amounts are based on the following population ranges: 

Villages (1-999) up to $25,000.
Towns (1,000-4,999) up to $35,000.
Cities (5,000-35,000) up to $50,000.
Parishes up to $100,000.  (If a parish’s incorporated communities’ combined maximum ceiling amounts are less than the allocation for the entire parish area, the parish can then apply for more than $100,000.)

Other Requirements
Projects cannot begin until there is a signed contract in place between the awarded local government and the Office of Community Development. Funds will only be reimbursed to the local government once invoices related to the project are submitted for approval by OCD.

All applications will require a resolution of support from the Local Government Agency and a letter of support from the State Senator and the State Representative representing the project area.

Rules

Click here for the Administrative Rules for LGAP published in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act in January, 2020.

Application

Click here for the current LGAP application.

Community Water Enrichment Fund

$4 million has been made available for the continuation of the Community Water Enrichment Fund for fiscal year 2020-2021.  CWEF was established in the 2008 Louisiana regular legislative session by way of HB 926 (Act 513). Its intent is to provide a source of funding to aid units of local government solely for the purpose of rehabilitation, improvement, and construction projects for community water systems to provide safe and clean drinking water.

Eligible Applicants

All municipalities and parishes within the state of Louisiana that are identified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as non-entitlement communities are eligible to apply for assistance.

Eligible Activities

Funds awarded can only be used for rehabilitation, improvement, and construction projects for community water systems.

Ineligible Activities
Previously incurred debt, improvements to private property, on-going salaries, overtime for government employees, administration, engineering-only or planning-only projects are not eligible activities under this program. Fire hydrants-only will also be ineligible.  Fire hydrants must be included within a water line rehabilitation or extension project. Generators, hand/power tools, water line locators, heavy-duty equipment used for digging, all chemicals, and incidental supplies are not eligible.

Grant Amounts
Maximum grant ceiling amounts are based on the following population ranges: 

Villages (1-999) up to $25,000.
Towns (1,000-4,999) up to $35,000.
Cities (5,000-35,000) up to $50,000.
Parishes up to $100,000.  (If a parish’s incorporated communities’ combined maximum ceiling amounts are less than the allocation for the entire parish area, the parish can then apply for more than $100,000.)

Rules
Click here for the Administrative Rules for CWEF published in accordance with Act 513 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session and Administrative Procedures Act in January, 2020.

Application

Click here for the current CWEF application.