We are now accepting applications for PreConstruction and Emergency Loan Funds.  Please scroll down for application information. DEADLINE: March 21, 2018


Applications are now being accepted for Emergency and PreConstruction Loans. Deadline is March 21, 2018. Please scroll down for more information.

Public Works Board

The Public Works Board (Board) is authorized by state statute (RCW 43.155), to loan money to counties, cities, and special purpose districts to repair, replace, or create domestic water systems, sanitary sewer systems, storm sewer systems, roads, streets, solid waste and recycling facilities, and bridges.

Emergency Loan Program

The Emergency Construction Loan Program focuses on the activities that repair, replace, and/or reconstruct a facility that will restore essential services.

PreConstruction Loan Program

PreConstruction activities include, but are not limited to, design engineering, bid-document preparation, environmental studies, right-of-way acquisition, value planning, permits, cultural and historic resources, and public notification.

Construction Loan Program

The Construction Loan Program focuses on the activities that repair, replace, or create a facility. PreConstruction activities include, but are not limited to, right-of-way acquisition, design work, engineering, permit acquisition, environmental review, cultural and historic resources, and public notification.  A construction loan project may comprise any combination of preconstruction and construction elements. (No funding currently available. Funding may become available in the 2019-2021 Biennium, if the Capital Budget is approved.)

Eligible Applicants

• Cities
• Counties
• Special Purpose Districts
• Quasi-Municipal Organizations

Tribes, school districts, and port districts are ineligible for this program.

Eligible Infrastructure Systems

• Domestic Water
• Roads/Streets
• Bridges
• Sanitary Sewer
• Solid Waste/Recycling
• Storm Water

2017 Construction Loan List has been FUNDED!

2018 Legislative Session Update: The Capital Budget has passed, which included the 2017 Public Works Board Construction Loan List. For more information, please call your Program Specialist.

DWSRF Transition

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) is being transferred from Public Works Board contract management to being fully administered by the Department of Health.
Learn more here.


PWeB, our online contract database, is going through some changes. Contact Carrie Calleja to request a password, and for information on how to get the information you need out of PWeB.

Program links

Need help?

Cecilia Gardener
Executive Director
Phone: 360-725-3166

Connie Rivera
Program Manager
Phone: 360-725-3088

Buck Lucas
Policy and Data Manager
Phone: 360-725-3180

Cindy Chavez
Budget Analyst
Phone: 360-725-3154

Barbara Smith
Board Liaison
Phone: 360-725-2744

Jacquie Andresen
Program Specialist
Phone: 360-725-3089

Carrie Calleja
Program Specialist
Phone: 360-725-3015

Isaac Huang
Program Specialist
Phone: 360-725-3162


All applications for PreConstruction and Emergency Loans will be submitted electronically through ZoomGrants. Paper copies will not be accepted.

Click Apply for PWB – Pre-Construction/Emergency via ZoomGrants to reach the ZoomGrants website. If you have a ZoomGrants account, log in and follow the instructions. If you are a new user, complete the required information for a new ZoomGrants account to create a profile. Please do not use “The” as the first word in the agency name. Once the agency profile has been created, select the Public Works Board Loan you wish to apply for, check the “apply” button, and start your proposal. Answers are automatically saved.


Pre-Construction Loan Applications must be submitted to the Board no later than midnight on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

Emergency Loan Applications can be submitted anytime, until funds are exhausted.

Application Information Resources:

Prior to submitting an application, please print out and complete the Threshold Criteria Checklist. This will ensure that the submitted application is complete.

PreConstruction and Emergency Loan February 2018 Guidelines (PDF)

PreConstruction and Emergency Loan Application Overview (PDF)

Training – Using ZoomGrants to Apply for Public Works Board Loans (PDF)

ZoomGrants Applicant Slideshow (PDF)

ZoomGrants Applicant Video

Questions? Please contact your Program Specialist

Cultural Review (GEO 05-05, Section 106)

In order to protect the rich cultural heritage of Washington state, Governor Christine Gregoire signed Executive Order 05-05 (GEO 05-05). Recipients of state capital funds must consult with the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP) and any Federally recognized Indian tribes that may have cultural and/or historic interest or concerns in the project’s vicinity. However, if your project, through federal involvement, will be subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the GEO 05-05 requirement will be satisfied once the Section 106 process is complete. Please remember that the GEO 05-05 process must be completed prior to the start of construction.

Connie Rivera is the Public Works Board’s primary contact regarding the GEO 05-05 process. Copies of all correspondence and documents that are submitted to either DAHP or the Federally-recognized Indian tribes need to be sent to Connie so that the process can be documented. Please send the materials by email to Connie.Rivera@commerce.wa.gov or by mail to: Connie Rivera, Department of Commerce, Public Works Board, PO Box 42525, Olympia, WA 98504-2525

The GEO 05-05 process requires funding recipients to define the construction project area for potential impact including the identification of any building or structures 45 years old, or older, that are located within the project site. The funding recipient initiates contact with DAHP by submitting an EZ1 Form to the State Archaeologist Rob Whitlam. For projects that plan to alter structures 45 years of age, or older, an online inventory survey must be completed.

DAHP can issue a broad range of responses to your submittal. A common response is a “No Effect Upon Cultural/Historic Properties” letter. If you receive such a letter, you have completed the DAHP portion of the review. Completion of the DAHP portion of the GEO 05-05 process does not complete the entire process. Consultation with any impacted tribes must occur.

If DAHP requires more information (completion of additional forms, cultural survey, inadvertent discovery plan, etc.) you must comply with the request. It is possible that you will need to hire a professional archaeologist. Once DAHP agrees with the additional materials provided, the DAHP portion of GEO 05-05 is complete.

Remember that DAHP’s concurrence is only a portion of the process. Tribal concurrence also needs to be obtained.

Tribal consultation is initiated by sending a letter and any project information describing the location and extent of the project to the potentially affected Federally-recognized Indian Tribe(s). The correspondence should be sent by your mayor, commission chair, or equivalent position to the Tribal Chair. Additionally, the letter needs to be copied to the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer or Cultural Resources Coordinator. Do not send the Tribes the EZ1 form! The Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs (GOIA) maintains a tribal contacts directory that will assist you in identifying Tribal officials.

The Tribes must be allowed at least 30 business days to respond. Please incorporate additional time to account for the time it takes to correspond correspondence to reach each Tribe, and for the Tribes’ correspondence to reach you. There may be no response, or there may be a wide range of responses to the information you’ve provided. As with DAHP, if additional materials are required, they must be provided to the Tribes and they must concur with the findings prior to the Board approving completion of the GEO 05-05 process.