Wisconsin Fund

Private Sewage System Replacement or Rehabilitation Grant Program (Subject to Sunset in 2020 [PDF])

Final WI Fund Grant Applications must be submitted before January 31, 2020. The grant program is to sunset due to state budget cuts. Applicants filing before January 31, 2020 must have the septic system installed prior to June 30, 2021.

Changes to the WI Fund 2017 WI Act 59

The grant option under the Wisconsin Fund will sunset on June 30, 2021 at the end of the next bi-annual state budget. To qualify for a grant before the program ends, applications to the State Department from Oconto County citizens must be postmarked by January 31, 2020. Replacement Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (POWTS) with grants approved during the final budget cycle must be installed before the program sunsets on June 30, 2021.

Established in 1978, the Private Sewage System Replacement or Rehabilitation Grant Program provides financial incentives to protect public health, safety, and the waters of the state. Since its inception, the program has awarded over $58 million in grants for nearly 28,000 residences and businesses to replace or rehabilitate failing private sewage systems statewide.

As part of this program, Wisconsin counties, Indian tribes, and municipalities within Milwaukee County may apply to the Department of Commerce (Commerce), Safety and Buildings Division, for grants to assist owners of principal residences (PR) and small commercial establishments (SCE) in rehabilitating or replacing a failing private sewage system. This publication explains how the program works and who is eligible for financial assistance.

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