Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants in Ohio

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?

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.

State Architect Requirements:

Architect:        Michael Davis
PHONE:           614-255-2429
EMAIL:             michael.davis@oh.usda.gov

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.

Community Programs Director: 
David M. Douglas (state office)
PHONE:            614-255-2391
EMAIL:              david.douglas@usda.gov

Specialist:        Charles Dietz (state office)
PHONE:            614-255-2431
EMAIL:              charles.dietz@usda.gov

Chris Spellmire
PHONE:            419-581-4498
EMAIL:              chris.spellmire@usda.gov  

Findlay Specialist: Mary Carr
PHONE:            419-581-4500
EMAIL:              mary.carr@usda.gov  

Ashley Kelly
PHONE:            937-393-1921 x127
EMAIL:              ashley.kelly@usda.gov

Hillsboro Specialist: Cindy Cameron
PHONE:            937-3931921 ext. 118
EMAIL:             cindy.cameron@usda.gov

Brent Warren
PHONE:           740-885-3303
EMAIL:             brent.warren@usda.gov

Marietta Specialist: Teresa Ullman
PHONE:            740-885-3299
EMAIL:              teresa.ullman@usda.gov

John Miller
PHONE:            330-481-2215
EMAIL:              john.miller@usda.gov  

Massillon Specialist: Michael Antonille
PHONE:            330-481-2228
EMAIL:             michael.antonille@usda.gov

Civil Engineer: Matthew McCoppin (state office)
PHONE:            614-255-2421
EMAIL:              matthew.mccoppin@usda.gov  

Architect: Michael Davis (state office)
PHONE:            614-255-2429
EMAIL:              michael.davis5@usda.gov