In February 2011, NADB created the Community Assistance Program (CAP) to administer infrastructure grants funded from its retained earnings.  This webpage outlines the eligibility criteria, authorized uses, and procedures for accessing CAP grants.


The objective of the CAP program is to support the implementation of critical environmental infrastructure projects for economically distressed communities in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

General Eligibility Criteria

CAP grants are available for public projects in all environmental sectors eligible for NADB financing. Priority will be given to drinking water, wastewater, water conservation and solid waste infrastructure. The funding, construction and operation of a proposed project must be completely independent and not depend on any other pending investment.

Projects that receive grants from the Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF) are NOT eligible for grants from the CAP.

General Financing Requirements

Projects selected to receive a CAP grant must comply with the following funding requirements:

  • Projects must obtain certification from the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC).  

  • The project sponsor must contribute at least 10% of the total project cost in the form of cash. On a case-by-case basis, in-kind contributions such as land, equipment, or other tangible assets or cost components of a project may be considered towards fulfilling this contribution. 

Grant Amount and Uses

Projects may receive a CAP grant for up to US$500,000. The grant proceeds may be used for project construction and related costs, project management and supervision, as well as other project components, such as equipment.

Application and Prioritization Process

Application Process

NADB and its sister institution, the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC), will receive applications for the program, which must include all required technical, environmental and financial documentation, as indicated in Annex A of the program guidelines. Applications will be reviewed as received for eligibility and completeness.

Applications considered incomplete will not be accepted, and the applicant will be notified of the missing documents or pending issues. Applications considered eligible and complete will advance to the project selection process for further evaluation.  The applicant will receive an application acceptance letter confirming the advancement of the project for further evaluation.

Project Selection Process

NADB and BECC will review the project development status described in the application and demonstrated by the project documentation to determine if the project is ready for certification and funding consideration. The project will be evaluated based on the completion of applicable technical and environmental tasks. Projects with a complete package of technical documents that support the sponsor’s readiness to initiate project procurement will be selected as candidates for program funds.

Project selection may also depend on program funding availability. Should insufficient funds exist to support all of the candidate projects, applications will be considered based on the following priority factors:

·     Sector: Priority will be given to drinking water, wastewater, water conservation, and solid waste infrastructure projects.

·     Financial Need: The program is intended to support projects that may not be affordable without the participation of CAP resources. Therefore, project sponsors with the greatest financial need will be given higher priority.

·    Environmental Benefit: Higher priority will be given to projects aimed at providing first-time basic services to unserved populations or to projects that employ sustainability measures resulting in water or energy savings in utilities, such as the replacement of leaky pipes/equipment; water reclamation, recycling or reuse within existing facilities or processes; installation of energy-efficient equipment; or the use of renewable energy sources.

Funding Process

Following project selection, BECC will initiate the certification process. NADB will perform an analysis of construction readiness, project costs, and operation and maintenance budget impacts, as well as determine the appropriate amount of CAP funding.

The period from Board certification and CAP funding approval to the signing of the grant agreement shall not exceed three (3) months. The period from grant signing to the initiation of project implementation shall not exceed six (6) months. Projects that do not comply with these deadlines will be subject to cancellation.

NADB’s procurement policies and procedures shall apply to all CAP projects, and supervision of project design, construction and follow-up will be consistent with existing NADB and BECC procedures.

CAP projects will be evaluated in a post-construction project close-out process, which will require participation of the project sponsor and the availability of documentation related to project performance.



CAP Operating Guidelines

Annex A: Minimum Documentation Requirements

CAP Application



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