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Technical Assistance Available to Help Virginia Rural Communities Strengthen Water Infrastructure Damaged in 2022 Disasters

Barbara Bowen
Release Date

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 28, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Virginia State Director Perry Hickman today announced the availability of grants to help rural communities enhance the resiliency of water, wastewater, stormwater and solid waste infrastructure damaged by calendar year 2022 presidentially declared disasters.

“These grants are part of an ongoing partnership effort to support the long-term recovery of Virginia cities and counties impacted by flooding, mudslides and winter storms,” Hickman said. “The assistance I’m announcing today will give them the resources to build back better and reduce future impacts on lives and communities.”

USDA is making more than $8 million in grants available through the 2022 Disaster Circuit Rider Technical Assistance (CY 2022 Disaster CRTA) Grants Program for providing on-site technical assistance to:

  • Support post-disaster mitigation of eligible events.
  • Identify and evaluate solutions to impacted water, wastewater, stormwater and solid waste challenges.
  • Help communities develop and prepare applications for water, wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste loans and grants.
  • Deliver training and other resources to operators, managers and other system personnel.
  • Provide technical assistance that supports increased resiliency and capacity of eligible systems.
  • Pay certain expenses associated with the provision of such services.

These Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, funds may be used in the following Virginia presidentially declared disaster areas:

Albemarle County

Amelia County

Appomattox County


Buchanan County

Buckingham County      

Caroline County

Charlotte County

Culpeper County

Cumberland County

Essex County

Fauquier County

Fluvanna County


Goochland County      

Greene County

Hanover County

King George County  

King William County     

Louisa County

Madison County

Nelson County

Orange County

Powhatan County

Prince Edward County

Rappahannock County

Spotsylvania County

Stafford County

Tazewell County

Westmoreland County

Applications must be submitted between Sept. 28, 2023 and 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time and 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Oct. 30, 2023 via Grants.gov. For more information on how to apply, see page 66797 of the Sept. 28, 2023, Federal Register.

USDA expects to announce additional funding for presidentially declared disaster areas in the coming weeks to help eligible rural communities access technical assistance and training to identify and evaluate solutions to water, wastewater, stormwater and solid waste problems. Additional resources to support rural communities seeking disaster assistance are available at https://www.rd.usda.gov/page/rural-development-disaster-assistance

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.To subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.