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Indian Health Service (IHS) Sanitation Facilities Construction Program

Detailed information about this program is below:

Category Information About This Specific Program
Title IHS Sanitation Facilities Construction Program
Purpose The Sanitation Facilities Construction Program supports the mission of the Indian Health Service to raise the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native people to the highest possible level through the provision of sanitation facilities that help ensure tribal communities have access to safe drinking water and waste disposal.
Type of Assistance Cooperative Agreement, Direct Payment, Federal Contract
Eligible Applicants Tribal Agencies
Eligible Activities

Technical assistance is provided to support:

  • Development and maintenance of an inventory of sanitation deficiencies.
  • Environmental engineering assistance with utility master planning and sanitary surveys.
  • Development of multi-agency-funded sanitation projects, accomplishment of interagency coordination, assistance with grant applications, and leveraging of IHS funds.
  • Provision of water supply and waste disposal facilities.
  • Professional engineering design and/or construction services for water supply and waste disposal facilities.
  • Technical consultation and training to improve the operation and maintenance of tribally-owned water supply and waste disposal systems.
  • Advocacy for tribes during the development of policies, regulations and programs.
  • Assistance to tribes with sanitation facility emergencies.
Excluded Activities/Other Restrictions Commercial and industrial facilities, municipal facilities, and non-Indian homes are not eligible.
Pre-Funding Requirements (if applicable) Not applicable
Typical Award Amount (if applicable) Not applicable
Total Awarded Fiscal Year 2019 (if applicable) $191 million
Match Requirement (if applicable) None
Solicitation Process/Timeline Tribes can request assistance anytime. Process is not deadline driven.
Proposal Elements/Scoring Criteria Proposal review information and criteria are included in annual guidance. General criteria include eight factors: health impact, deficiency level, adequate previous service, capital cost, local tribal priority, operations and maintenance capability, contributions, and local conditions.
Contact Information (primary contact and website or other source) Mark Calkins
Rear Admiral (RADM) U.S. Public Health Service
Assistant Surgeon General
Director, Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction
Phone: (301) 443-1046
IHS Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction’s website
Website Information about Successful Tribal Applicants/Projects

Resources: Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction

Headquarters Office Indian Health Service
Office of Environmental Health and Engineering, Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction
5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop: 10N14C
Rockville, MD 20857