Polk County Environmental Services is pleased to announce the availability of a cost-sharing grant program available to Polk County owners who have an existing non-compliant sewer system. The funds are to be used to repair septic tanks where codes or functions are currently not working. These dollars are made possible through a grant received from the Minnesota Clean Water Legacy Act.
Funding is limited and funding preference is determined based on household income status, the status of the existing system and proximity to priority surface waters. Income restrictions apply. A primary goal of the repair program is to address “imminent public health threats.” Polk County uses USDA low-income guidelines to group grant contributions.
Households must not exceed this income guidelines, must be the homestead of the landowner rather than a second home or rental, and applicants must prepay all match requirements if approved. Septic tanks cannot be installed and SSTS for New Home Construction does not qualify for the program. The county will provide a co-payment grant that will provide 60% and up to 80% of the installation cost up to a maximum of $ 12,000.
To learn more about this program, please call Polk County Planning and Zoning at (218) 281-5700. Previous program applications can also be found on our website at www.co.polk.mn.us on the Environmental Services and Planning and Zoning page. The application deadline for the Septic System Fix-Up Grant program is June 1, 2021. After this date, the remaining funds will be available subject to availability.
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