Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants in North Carolina


What does this program do?

This program helps eligible communities prepare, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water.

Who may apply?

  • Most state and local governmental entities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Federally recognized tribes

What kind of event can qualify as an emergency?

  • Drought or flood
  • Earthquake
  • Tornado or hurricane
  • Disease outbreak
  • Chemical spill, leak or seepage
  • Other disasters

NOTE: A federal disaster declaration is not required.

What is an eligible area?

  • Rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less -- check eligible addresses
  • Tribal lands in rural areas
  • Colonias

The area to be served must also have a median household income less-than the state's median household income for non-metropolitan areas. Contact your local RD office for details.

How may the funds be used?

  • Water transmission line grants up to $150,000 to construct waterline extensions, repair breaks or leaks in existing water distribution lines, and address related maintenance necessary to replenish the water supply
  • Water source grants up to $1,000,000 are to construct a water source, intake or treatment facility

Are matching funds required?

  • Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and nonprofit entities are encouraged

How do we get started?

  • Applications for this program are accepted year round, 
    online through RD APPLY or through your local RD office.
  • Program resources are available online (forms, guidance, certifications, etc.).

Who can answer questions?

  • Staff in your local RD office
  • Participating nonprofit associations

What governs this program?

  • Code of Federal Regulation, 7 CFR 1778
  • Section 306A of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?

This program helps prevent damage or restore households and business' access to clean, reliable drinking water in eligible rural areas and towns following natural disasters. Funding can improve the natural environment and encourage manufacturers and other businesses to locate or expand operations.

NOTE: Please select your state in the dropdown menu above to find the state office contact information and speak to a program specialist before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you time in completing your application.

National Architect Requirements:

There are no other architect, engineering or environmental requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above. 

There are no other additional requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above.
 

There are currently no events scheduled.

North Carolina Field Office Contacts

ASHEVILLE AREA OFFICE
Pam Hysong, Area Director
84 Coxe Avenue, Suite 1E
Asheville, NC 28801
828-254-0916
844-325-6823 Fax
Email: mailto:linda.whitmire@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania

JEFFERSON SUB AREA OFFICE
134 Government Circle
Suite 201
Jefferson, NC 28640
336-246-2885
844-325-6823 Fax
Email: mailto:susan.roland@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Ashe, Watauga, Alleghany, Wilkes, Caldwell

FRANKLIN LOCAL OFFICE
195 Thomas Heights Rod
Franklin, NC 28734
828-524-3175
844-325-6823 Fax
Email: mailto:sharon.taylor@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Macon, Haywood, Jackson, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain

MURPHY LOCAL OFFICE
225 Valley River Avenue, Suite J
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-2721
844-325-6823 Fax
Email: mailto:sharon.taylor@nc.usda.gov

SPRUCE PINE LOCAL OFFICE
11943 S. 226 Hwy Suite D
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
828-765-0889
844-325-6823 Fax
Email: mailto:rebecca.pinto@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Mitchell, Yancey, Madison, Avery

SHELBY AREA OFFICE
Warren C. Smith, Area Director
844 Wallace Grove Road
Shelby, NC 28150
704-471-0235
844-325-6850 Fax
Email: mailto:kevin.oliver@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Cleveland, Gaston, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Mecklenburg

WINSTON SALEM SUB AREA OFFICE
Forsyth County Agriculture Building
Room 13
1450 Fairchild Drive
Winston Salem, NC 27105
336-767-0720
844-325-6850 Fax
Email: mailto:terry.goddard@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Forsyth, Alexander, Burke, Davie

STATESVILLE LOCAL OFFICE
444 Bristol Drive
Statesville, NC 28677
704-872-5061
844-325-6850 Fax
Email: mailto:shay.stallings@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Iredell, Catawba, Lincoln

DOBSON LOCAL OFFICE
220 Cooper Street
PO Box 66
Dobson, NC 27017
336-386-8751
844-325-6850 Fax
Email: mailto: debbie.dickerson@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Surry, Yadkin, Stokes

LUMBERTON AREA OFFICE
Rossie Bullock, Area Director
PO Box 7426
440-C Caton Road
Lumberton, NC 28360
910-739-3349
844-325-6830 Fax
Email:mailto:laci.fett@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Robeson, Bladen, Scotland, Hoke, Columbus

SMITHFIELD SUB AREA OFFICE
Johnston County Agric Service Bldg
2736 Hwy 210
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-934-7156
844-325-6830 Fax
Email: mailto:crystal.wiley@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Johnston, Harnett, Sampson, Cumberland, Wake, Wilson

BOLIVIA LOCAL OFFICE
10 Referendum Drive
PO Box 108
Bolivia, NC 28422
910-253-4448
844-325-6830 Fax
Email: mailto:cynthia.hughes@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender

ASHEBORO AREA OFFICE
Allen Hart, Area Director
847 Curry Drive, Suite 104
Asheboro, NC 27205
336-629-4449
844-325-6822 Fax
Email: mailto:saykorn.kannika@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, Rowan, Stanly, Cabarrus, Union, Montgomery, Anson, Chatham, Moore, Rockingham, Caswell, Alamance, Richmond

SANFORD LOCAL OFFICE
2416 Tramway Road
Ernest & Ruby McSwain Extension Educ & Ag Center
Sanford, NC 27332
919-775-3407
844-325-6822 Fax
Email: mailto:nancy.urias@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Lee, Chatham, Moore

ROCKINGHAM LOCAL OFFICE
123 Caroline Street
Rockingham, NC 28379
910-895-3950
844-325-6822 Fax
Email: pamela.edwards@nc.usda.gov

HENDERSON AREA OFFICE
George Vital, Area Director
853 S. Beckford Drive, Suite A
Henderson, NC 27536
252-438-3134
844-325-6826 Fax
Email: dora.thompson@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Vance, Granville, Franklin, Warren, Orange, Durham, Person, Nash, Halifax, Northampton, Edgecombe

WINTON SUB AREA OFFICE
County Office Building
305 W. Tryon Street
PO Box 8
Winton, NC 27986
252-358-7836
844-325-6826 Fax
Email: mailto:monica.thornton@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Hertford, Gates, Chowan, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Camden, Currituck

HALIFAX LOCAL OFFICE
Halifax County Agriculture Complex
359 Ferrell Lane
Box 7
Halifax, NC 27839
252-583-7171
844-325-6826 Fax
Email: dora.thompson@nc.usda.gov

KINSTON AREA OFFICE
Elmer Langston, Area Director
2044-C Hwy 11/55 South
PO Box 6189
Kinston, NC 28501-0189
252-526-9799
844-325-6827 Fax
Email: mailto:stephanie.davis@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Lenoir, Jones, Craven, Pamlico, Onslow, Carteret, Wayne, Greene, Duplin

GREENVILLE SUB AREA OFFICE
Pitt County Office Complex
403 Government Circle, Suite 3
Greenville, NC 27834
252-752-2035/252-752-2880
844-325-6827 Fax
Email: mailto:helen.gorham@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Pitt, Martin, Bertie, Washington, Tyrrell, Dare, Beaufort, Hyde