Onsite Septic Financial Aid Program

Septic Financial Aid Program Evaluations:

The Onsite Septic Financial Aid Program is a new opportunity for DEQ to issue grants to eligible partners to assist property owners and small businesses with old or failing septic systems. The 2021 Oregon Legislature allocated $15 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, funds to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to address problems related to failing and outdated septic systems around the state.

These ARPA funds are intended to address water quality concerns while targeting public health and economic hardships that were caused or worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic. DEQ will issue pass-through grants to eligible public agencies, tribes, local governments, and community development financial institutions. These partners will in turn administer and disperse grants and loans locally for septic system evaluations, repairs, and replacements. For more information, see the Onsite Septic Financial Aid Program Fact Sheet.

Call for Interest in ARPA Funding for Septic Repairs and Replacements Aid Projects

onsite septic financial aid program

Projected Schedule

This schedule is subject to change please check back here for updates.

Beginning Jan. 5, 2022, DEQ requests information about eligible projects, service areas, and grant recipients. We encourage anyone interested to download the fillable form and respond with their ideas, priorities, and organizational needs to make this a successful program. Complete the form and email it to bidsdeq@deq.oregon.gov by 5 p.m. Feb. 15, 2022, with “Septic Funding RFI” in the subject line.

Responses to the request for information will help DEQ learn more about potential projects and grant recipients. 

Projected schedule

This schedule is subject to change please check back here for updates.

  • Request for information – Winter 2022
  • Request for proposals – Spring 2022
  • DEQ review of proposals – Summer 2022
  • DEQ issues grants to eligible organizations – Starting August 2022.


Public Involvement

DEQ will hold two informational meetings in January 2022 via Zoom.

Jan. 14, 2022 – 10 a.m.
Register for this meeting.

Jan. 25, 2022 – 1 p.m.  

Register for this meeting.


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Deb Mailander
Manager, DEQ Onsite Septic/401 Programs

Email the DEQ Onsite Septic Program at onsiteseptic.info@deq.oregon.gov.


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