River Network will be offering a second cohort-based training series on State Revolving Funds which will begin on March 5. Interested? Apply to join the SRF series today!

Are you looking to understand and influence how and where State Revolving Funds (SRFs) are distributed in your state? This 9-week training series is an opportunity to take a deeper dive into River Network’s SRF Advocacy Toolkit to learn more about how the SRFs can help your community complete needed water infrastructure projects, what you can do to increase equitable distribution of funding in your state, and identify the key stakeholders and avenues for improved access and implementation of the SRFs.

Through a mix of “synchronous” (online sessions with River Network staff, guest speakers, and other cohort members) and “asynchronous” (online sessions that you can complete on your own with engaging reading, videos, and interactive prompts) sessions, we’ll cover the fundamentals of how SRFs work and generate advocacy strategies that focus on you/your organization’s priorities on topics ranging from public participation to lead service line removal to workforce development. The training series will kick off on Tuesday, March 5th. Here’s a quick run-down of each session:

  • Week 1: Introduction and Overview. Synchronous, video call 90 min – Tues March 5 from 3-4:30 PM ET
  • Week 2: CWSRFs, DWSRFs, and Tribal Set-Aside Programs. Asynchronous on your own time week of March 11 ***Optional Office Hour this week
  • Week 3: Green & Natural Infrastructure, Climate Resiliency Projects. Synchronous – 90 min – Tues March 19 from 3-4:30 PM ET
  • Week 4: Deep Dive on Intended Use Plans. Synchronous 90 min – Tues March 26 from 3-4:30.
  • Week 5: Lead Service Lines and Emerging Contaminants Funding Asynchronous – on your own time week of April 1 ***Optional Office Hour this week
  • Week 6 Water Affordability and Infrastructure Costs. Asynchronous – on your own time week of April 8 ***Optional Office Hour this week
  • Week 7: Technical Assistance Synchronous – 90 min Tues April 16 from 3-4:30.
  • Week 8: Workforce Development Asynchronous – on your own time week of April 22 ***Optional Office Hour this week
  • Week 9: Action Steps/Close out. Synchronous – 90 min – Tues April 30 from 3-4:30

We aim to have up to 25 individuals in this cohort. If you are not selected, please note that we have an entirely self-paced version available here: https://bit.ly/RN-SRF-SelfPacedSeries Who should apply? The intended audience for the training is individuals from local and state-level organizations working to support/encourage equitable water infrastructure investment in their community/state.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, February 9

We will make selections and confirm participation by Feb 23.

Do you live in the Great Lakes region? We are offering up to four participants stipends to participate in this training cohort. Please note your interest in the final question of the Interest Form. https://forms.gle/L4c8f2fFtGtxnU3e9

Please feel free to pass along to anyone you think may be interested, and reach out to Erin at ekanzig@rivernetwork.org if you have any questions.