SEARCH - Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households in North Carolina


What does this program do?

This program helps very small, financially distressed rural communities with predevelopment feasibility studies, design and technical assistance on proposed water and waste disposal projects.

Who may apply?

  • Most state and local governmental entities
  • Nonprofits
  • Federally recognized tribes

What is an eligible area?

Areas to be served must be rural and financially distressed:

  • Rural areas with a population of 2,500 or less
  • Have a median household income below the poverty line or less than 80 percent of the statewide non-metropolitan median household income based on latest Census data

How may the funds be used?

To pay predevelopment planning costs, including:

  • Feasibility studies to support applications for funding water or waste disposal projects
  • Preliminary design and engineering analysis
  • Technical assistance for the development of an application for financial assistance

Are there additional requirements?

The predevelopment planning costs must be related to a proposed project that meets the following requirements:

  • Construct, enlarge, extend or improve rural water, sanitary sewage, solid waste disposal and storm wastewater disposal facilities
  • Construct or relocate public buildings, roads, bridges, fences or utilities, and to make other public improvements necessary for the successful operation or protection of facilities
  • Relocate private buildings, roads, bridges, fences, or utilities, and other private improvements necessary for the successful operation or protection of facilities

How do we get started?

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

What governs this program?

  • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 7, Part 1774 - 7 CFR 1774
  • Section 306 of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?

To help very small, financially distressed rural communities extend and improve water and waste treatment facilities that serve local households and businesses.

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.

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ASHEVILLE AREA OFFICE

Pam Hysong, Area Director

160 Zillicoa Street, Suite #2

Asheville, NC 28801

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Email: linda.whitmire@usda.gov

Counties Served: Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania

 

JEFFERSON SUB AREA OFFICE

134 Government Circle

Suite 201

Jefferson, NC 28640

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Email: susan.roland@nc.usda.gov

Counties Served: Ashe, Watauga, Alleghany, Wilkes, Caldwell

 

FRANKLIN LOCAL OFFICE

195 Thomas Heights Rod

Franklin, NC 28734

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Email: pam.hysong@nc.usda.gov

Counties Served:  Macon, Haywood, Jackson, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain

 

MURPHY LOCAL OFFICE

225 Valley River Avenue, Suite J

Murphy, NC 28906

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Email: pam.hysong@nc.usda.gov

 

SPRUCE PINE LOCAL OFFICE

11943 S. 226 Hwy Suite D

Spruce Pine, NC 28777

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Email: 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

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Email: deissy.honea@usda.gov

Counties Served: Cleveland, Gaston, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Mecklenburg

LUMBERTON AREA OFFICE

Rossie Bullock, Area Director

PO Box 7426

440-C Caton Road

Lumberton, NC 28360

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Email:laci.fett@usda.gov

Counties Served: Robeson, Bladen, Cumberland, Scotland, Hoke, Columbus

ASHEBORO AREA OFFICE

847 Curry Drive, Suite 104

Asheboro, NC 27205

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Email: lynn.whittington@usda.gov

Counties Served: Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, Rowan, Stanly, Cabarrus, Rockingham, Caswell, Alamance

 

HENDERSON AREA OFFICE

853 S. Beckford Drive, Suite A

Henderson, NC 27536

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Email: jonathan.jones@usda.gov

Counties Served: Vance, Granville, Franklin, Warren, Orange, Durham, Person, Nash, Northampton

 

KINSTON AREA OFFICE

Aaron Gaskins, Area Director

2044-C Hwy 11/55 South

PO Box 6189

Kinston, NC 28501-0189

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Email: angela.washington@usda.gov

Counties Served: Lenoir, Jones, Craven, Pamlico, Onslow, Carteret, Wayne, Greene, Duplin