Applications Being Accepted to Assist Rural Areas with Water and Waste Issues

(402) 437-5567

USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for funds available to help private non-profit organizations assist rural Nebraska communities in water, wastewater, and solid waste needs.  The application deadline is December 31, 2016.  Two types of funding are available, technical assistance and training grants, and solid waste management grants.

Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) grants help qualified, private non-profits with tax-exempt status that have the proven ability, background, experience, and capacity to provide technical assistance or training on a national, regional or state basis.  These associations will provide services in rural areas and towns with fewer than 10,000 people or on Tribal lands in rural areas.

Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grants are used to:

  • Identify and evaluate solutions to water problems related to source, storage, treatment and distribution, collection, treatment, and disposal

  • Provide technical assistance and training to improve management, operation and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal facilities

  • Prepare water and waste disposal loan and grant applications

Solid Waste Management (SWM) Grants are available to most State and local entities and non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status, federally recognized tribes and academic institutions in rural areas with populations fewer than 10,000.  Applicants must have the proven ability, background, or experience, or have successfully completed a project similar to the one proposed. 

The Solid Waste Management Grant Program helps reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources through funding for organizations that provide technical assistance or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. 

Solid Waste Management Grants are used to:

  • Evaluate current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources

  • Provide technical assistance or training to enhance the operation and maintenance of active landfills

  • Provide technical assistance or training to help communities reduce the amount of solid waste coming into a landfill

  • Provide technical assistance or training to prepare for closure and future use of a landfill site

Visit: for Solid Waste Management Grants and for Technical Assistance and Training Grants for complete information, including the FY 2017 Application Guide, for each program.  Contact Mary Sneckenberg at USDA Rural Development, (402) 437-5567 for additional program information. 

For more information, contact the Rural Development office nearest you.  You can locate an office by visiting:

Visit for information on all of Rural Development’s programs. 

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.

Last Modified: 11/16/2016