Program 101

What does this program do?

This program helps reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources through funding for organizations that provide technical assistance or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites.

Who may apply?

  • Most State and local governmental entities
  • Non-profits
  • Federally Recognized Tribes
  • Academic Institutions

All applicants must:

  • Have proven ability, background or experience to, or have successfully completed a project similar to the one proposed
  • Have legal authority and capacity to provide technical assistance or training

What is an eligible area?

Rural areas and towns with 10,000 or fewer people--check eligible addresses

Special consideration may be given for projects serving:

  • an area with fewer than 5,500 or fewer than 2,500 people;
  • regional, multi-state or national areas; or
  • lower-income populations.

What may the funds be used for?

  • Evaluate current landfill conditions to identify threats to water resources
  • Provide technical assistance or training to enhance the operation and maintenance of active landfills
  • Provide technical assistance or training to help communities reduce the amount of solid waste coming into a landfill
  • Provide technical assistance or training to prepare for closure and future use of a landfill site

These grants may not be used to:

  • Duplicate current services, replace or substitute support previously provided, i.e. service already rendered by a consultant in developing a project
  • Duplicate assistance provided by the U.S. Forest Service
  • Pay for capital assets, real estate, or vehicles
  • Pay for construction, operation or maintenance
  • Improve or renovate office space or repair or maintain private property
  • For a complete list see 7 CFR 1775.5

Are there terms for grants?

  • This is a nationally competitive grant
  • Projects should be completed within 12 months
  • Grants are subject to the availability of funds

Are matching funds required?

Matching funds are not required for this grant, however, applicant and in-kind contributions are recommended.

Who currently participates in this program?

See our Grantee Directory for a list of current and past participants

How do we get started?

  • Download the 2017 Application Guide
  • Applications for this program are accepted through the local office from Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 each year
  • Program Resources (includes forms needed, guidance, certifications etc.)

Who can answer questions?

Contact the Solid Waste Grant Manager in the RD National Office at (202) 720-9589

What governs this program?

  • Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR 1775 Subpart D.
  • This program is authorized by Section 310B of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (CONACT)

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?

This program helps small communities and utilities better manage solid waste disposal. Good practices can save tax dollars, improve the natural environment and may be necessary for manufacturers and other types of businesses to locate or expand operations.

NOTE: Program details may change over time. Before you begin an application, please confirm you have the most current information by contacting a specialist in your local office for assistance or consult the Program Instructions listed in the section above titled "What Governs this Program?"

Forms & Resources

FY 2017 Application Guide for Technical Assistance and Training and Solid Waste Management Grant Programs |  PDF