Technical Assistance Definition

Technical assistance, or TA, is a targeted service that the US Environmental Protection Agency offers to support communities that may not have the capacity or resources to apply for federal funds on their own. TA includes identifying water quality issues, developing long-term plans, building organizational capacity, and putting together successful applications to access federal infrastructure funding.

Learn more about our role as a TA provider

The 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law promises over $50 billion in national water infrastructure investments. These funds are an opportunity to transform water infrastructure across the country, improving both public health and the environment. But accessing these funds can be challenging—particularly for the communities that need them most.

As a technical assistance provider, the Alliance helps underserved communities plan for, obtain, and implement federal funds in a way that furthers equity and delivers long-term benefits. While our work varies depending on each community’s distinct water infrastructure needs and challenges, we strive to meaningfully and holistically engage the communities we work with, develop comprehensive plans, and pursue environmental justice.

The US Water Alliance is also part of the EPA’s Community Solutions Team Pilot Project to help communities access resources to apply for federal water infrastructure funding. Through this work, the Alliance led a video storytelling project to document the approach, lessons learned from the pilot, and community stories that emerged throughout the process.

Where We Work

The Alliance provides technical assistance across the nation. In addition, we partner with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Southwest EFC to provide technical assistance in EPA Regions 4 (Southeast) and 6 (South Central).

If you’re interested in receiving technical assistance, fill out the interest form here.

If you’re specifically interested in what the Alliance has to offer, please indicate so in the form.