USDA is Seeking Applications for Grants to Support Rural Water and Waste Infrastructure

Erin McDuff
Release Date
Jun 15, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for financing to build or improve water and waste infrastructure in rural communities. Last year alone, Rural Development invested $2.09 billion nationwide to improve water and waste systems serving 2.1 million rural residents.

The Water and Waste Disposal Program provides loans and grants to purchase, build, or improve drinking water, sewage disposal, solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage systems in rural areas with a population of 10,000 or less. Funding may also be available for related costs, such as legal and engineering fees, land acquisition, water and land rights, environmental analyses and surveys, and other activities necessary to complete a municipal water or waste project.

The low interest rates available through USDA financing can be combined with grants to keep user rates affordable, and loans can carry a repayment term of up to 40 years.

Most state and local government entities, nonprofits, and federally-recognized tribes are eligible to apply.

Applications are accepted year-round and should be submitted through the online portal RD Apply.

To discuss a potential application, contact Cheryl Couch, Community Programs Director, (775) 443-4760.