Savvy Septic Grants

Grants are available to help low-income homeowners with the costs of septic system repair, replacement, and maintenance. Grant funding is limited and available on a first come, first served basis until funding is exhausted.

There are two types of grant funding available: 
  • Preventative Maintenance Grants
    Grants up to $599 are available for routine septic system maintenance items, such as pumping and inspection, riser installation, and baffle repair/replacement. Any project costs over $599 will be the homeowner's responsibility. Learn more about the Preventative Maintenance Grant in this one-page overview.
  • Replacement Grants
    Replacement grants provide funding for repairs or replacement of onsite septic systems. Homeowners must contribute $90 towards the septic system repair permit required by the Snohomish Health District for these types of projects. View an overview of the Replacement Grant.
Grant Eligibility
Eligibility for both grant programs is based upon the following:
  1. The applicant must earn 60% or less of state median household income (see the Pre-Application form below) or be enrolled in Snohomish County's Senior or Disabled Person Property Tax Exemption Programs.
  2. The property must be located within a Snohomish County Watershed Management Area. By submitting a Pre-Application form, county staff will determine if your property is located in a Watershed Management Area.
  3. The applicant must own and also live on the property.
  4. The property must be a single-family home with no more than three units which each have their own septic system.
View more information on program standards and eligibility information.

How to Apply
The first step in the grant process is to fill out a Pre-Application form. If you are found eligible to participate through the Pre-Application process, a full program application will be mailed to you by county staff.