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Public Works Board

The Public Works Board (Board) is authorized by state statute (RCW 43.155). Its purpose is to loan money to counties, cities, and special purpose districts to repair, replace, or create infrastructure.

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
• Stormwater


 Emergency loan applications are accepted continuously until funds are exhausted. 

Loan Application Cycle Update

It appears that the Public Works Board’s efforts to offer a construction loan cycle and another pre-construction loan cycle this fiscal year have hit a snag. At this time, the Legislature appears to be carrying the supplemental budget through this session with the regular budget. The result is that we will not be able to proceed with new loan cycles until the new fiscal year, which starts July 2019. As more information becomes available, we will provide updates on this page and our Facebook page.

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. Applications are accepted continuously until loan funds are expended.

Emergency Loan Application Guidelines (PDF)

Pre-Construction Loan Program

Pre-Construction 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.

Pre-Construction Loan Application Guidelines (PDF)

Construction Loan Program

The Construction Loan Program focuses on the activities that repair, replace, or create a facility. Pre-Construction 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 pre-construction and construction elements. (No funding currently available. Funding may become available in the 2019-2021 Biennium, if the Capital Budget is approved.)


 All applications for Pre-Construction 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.

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

Pre-Construction and Emergency Loan August 2018 Guidelines (PDF)

Pre-Construction 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 Connie Rivera, Program Manager, at

Map of Project Managers

Project managers are here to assist you in making your project a success. Find your project manager by clicking the map below.

Projects Funded by the Public Works Board


Program Resources and Cultural Review Information

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 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.