USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for the Solid Waste Management Grant Program through Dec. 31, 2018, and priority points may be awarded to innovative projects that promote the safe disposal of prescription drugs in rural communities. Up to $4 million is available nationwide, with a $1 million individual project ceiling.
USDA Solid Waste Management Grants support the planning and management of solid waste sites. Rural communities, non-profit organizations, federally recognized tribes and academic institutions can apply.
“I encourage communities that need to dispose of unused prescription drugs to contact us about the Solid Waste Management funding, said Nebraska State Director Karl Elmshaeuser for USDA Rural Development. “The USDA funding and partnering opportunities with local leaders will help to combat the opioid epidemic in Nebraska. Helping rural families with local options to dispose of unused medications is a good step toward building healthy rural communities.”
The application deadline for the Solid Waste Management Grant Program is Dec. 31, 2018. Applications can be submitted electronically at www.Grants.gov or in hard copy to: USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental Programs, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 5168, STOP 1522, Washington, DC 20250-1597 or hard copy applications may be hand-delivered to: USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental Programs, Federal Building Suite 308, 100 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508 by close of business December 31, 2018. Applications postmarked or time-stamped electronically by the filing deadline of 10:59 p.m. (Central Time) December 31, 2018 will be considered submitted on time. Applications received after 10:59 p.m. on December 31, 2018 will not be considered for review and will be returned to the applicant.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. With a portfolio of $224 billion, this agency's assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/ne.