Rural Decentralized Water Systems Grant in West Virginia
What does this program do?
This program helps qualified nonprofits and tribes create a revolving loan fund to increase access to clean, reliable water and septic systems 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 and septic systems. Terms for the loans include one percent fixed interest rate, 20-year maximum term, and an $15,000 maximum loan per household.
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.
Are there any Environmental requirements associated with this grant?
RUS will notify a successful applicant by an award letter accompanied by a grant agreement and multi-tier action environmental compliance agreement. The grant agreement will contain the terms and conditions for the grant; the multi-tier action environmental compliance agreement will detail the Recipient’s responsibilities in meeting the Agency’s Environmental Policies and Procedures, 7 CFR part 1970, in particular §1970.55 which applies to multi-tier actions or relending actions. The multi-tier action environmental compliance agreement acknowledges that further “tiered” environmental review may be required and coordinated by the Recipient prior to approving Subrecipient applications for re-lending purposes. The applicant must execute and return the agreements, accompanied by any additional items required by the award letter or grant agreement.
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?
- Derek Jones (202) 720-9640
- Contact your local RD office
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 and improve the sanitary conditions caused by inadequate septic systems in rural areas.
NOTE: Please select your state in the dropdown menu above to find the state office contact information for this program and speak to a program specialist before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you time in completing your application. Please also refer to the application materials listed below.
FY 2020 Household Water Well System Guide PDF
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.
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1550 Earl Core Road, Suite 101
Morgantown, WV 26505
(304) 284-4860 | (304) 284-4891 fax
Beckley Area Office
Joe Crickenberger, Area Director
(304) 253-9597 | Fax: (304) 929-2025
481 Ragland Road
Beckley, WV 25801
Counties served: Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh and Summers
Cross Lanes Area Office
Alan Harris, Area Director
(304) 776-5298 | Fax: (304) 776-5326
418 Goff Mountain Road, Room 103
Cross Lanes, WV 25313
Counties served: Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Putnam, Wayne and Wyoming
Elkins Area Office
Joe Crickenberger, Area Director
(304) 636-2158 | Fax: (304) 636-5902
Randolph Center Building
1200 Harrison Avenue, Suite 150
Elkins, WV 26241
Counties served: Barbour, Berkeley, Braxton, Gilmer, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, Jefferson, Lewis, Marion, Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan, Pendleton, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur and Webster
Ripley Area Office
Alan Harris, Area Director
(304) 372-3441 | Fax: (304) 372-6856
2118 Ripley Road
Ripley, WV 25271-5106
Counties served: Brooke, Calhoun, Doddridge, Hancock, Jackson, Marshall, Mason, Ohio, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wetzel, Wirt and Wood
179 Northridge Drive
Lewisburg, WV 24901
(304) 645-7422 | Fax: (304) 647-9627
Counties served: Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas & Summers
151 Aikens Center, Suite 4
Martinsburg, WV 25401
(304) 263-7547 | Fax: (304) 267-9172
Counties served: Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan
1 Ball Park Drive
McMechen WV 26040
(304) 242-0576 | Fax: (304) 242-7039
Counties served: Brooke, Hancock, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Tyler and Wetzel
500 East Main St., Suite E
Romney, WV 26757
(304) 822-3020 | Fax: (304) 822-3728
Counties served: Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral and Pendleton
24 Gateway Drive
P.O. Box 626
Weston, WV 26452
(304) 269-8431 | Fax: (304) 269-7583
Counties served: Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur and Webster
White Hall Office
53 Mountain Park Drive
White Hall, WV 26554
(304) 366-2921 | Fax: (304) 363-7027