Are applications currently being accepted: YES
Program Status: OPEN
Application Deadline: July 20, 2019
Notice of Solicitation of Applications (PDF)
What does this program do?
This program helps qualified nonprofits and tribes create a revolving loan fund to increase access to clean, reliable water for households in eligible rural areas.
Who may apply for these grants?
Nonprofits that have:
- Expertise and experience promoting the safe, productive use of individually-owned household water wells systems
- Legal authority to act as a lender
- Sufficient expertise and experience in lending activities
- Financial, technical and managerial capacity to comply with relevant federal and state laws and regulations
How may grant funds be used?
Grant funds may be used to help a nonprofit create a revolving loan fund for eligible individuals who own and occupy a home in an eligible rural area. The fund may be used to construct, refurbish, or service individually-owned household water well systems. Terms for the loans include one percent fixed interest rate, 20-year maximum term, and an $11,000 maximum loan per household.
NOTE: Loans may not be used for home sewer or septic systems.
What is an eligible area?
- Rural areas and towns with populations of 50,000 or less - check eligible addresses
- Tribal lands in rural areas
Are matching funds required for the grant?
Yes. The nonprofit must contribute at least 10 percent.
- Matching funds may be from the non-profit applicant or a third party.
- Matching funds may not be in-kind.
Note: Homeowners seeking a loan should contact RD for details on nonprofits participating in this program.
How do we get started?
- Electronic applications are accepted through www.grants.gov.
- Paper applications may be sent to Water Programs Division, Rural Utilities Service, Stop: 1570, Room 2234-S, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-1570.
Who can answer questions?
What governs this program?
- Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR 1776
- Section 306E of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act
Why does USDA Rural Development do this?
This program helps communities improve access to safe, reliable drinking water for households in rural areas.