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Calendar Year 2022 Disaster Water Grants Program in Florida and and Virgin Islands

Until funds are exhausted/ Hasta que se agoten los fondos

Correction Notice

Please review the correction notice for Calendar Year 2022 Disaster Water Grants Program.

What does this program do?

Calendar Year 2022 Disaster Water Grants help eligible communities pay expenses related to damages to rural water systems as a result of events (Presidentially Declared Disasters) that occurred between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.  For the purposes of this program, the term “water” refers to all water resource infrastructure, including drinking water, wastewater, stormwater drainage, and solid waste facilities.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for USDA funding under this program, a system must have been damaged by a Presidentially Declared Disaster that occurred in Calendar Year 2022 (January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022).  For a current list of Presidentially Declared Disasters, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and type “2022” into the Declaration Date search box.

An applicant must have legal authority to own and operate the water system and meet certain other criteria as spelled out in the Federal Register notice (link above).  The following types of organizations may apply:

  • Municipalities, counties, districts, authorities, or other political subdivisions of a state, commonwealth, or territory
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Federally recognized Tribes
  • Community-based prefabricated home organizations

What is an eligible area?

Rural areas and towns with populations of not more than 35,000

  • Federally recognized Tribal lands with populations of not more than 35,000
  • Colonias with populations of not more than 35,000

How can funds be used?

Funds can be used to develop water infrastructure system capacity and resiliency to reduce or eliminate long term risks from hazards resulting from(Presidentially declared) disasters during calendar year 2022.

How do we get started?

Applications are also accepted through your local USDA Rural Development office

Who can answer questions?

The USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental Program specialists who serve your area can help. A list of state-based offices is available at https://www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/state-offices.

What law governs this program? 

The 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 117-328, Division N)

NOTE: Because information changes, always consult official program instruction or contact your local Rural Development office for help. 




Most loans and grants are originated and/or serviced in the Area Office. Please contact the Area Office that services your county or town. Contact the U.S. Virgin Islands St. Croix office for all U.S. Virgin Islands. Please see the Area Office Jurisdiction Map.

Jeffrey Archer, Area Director
3070 Adora Teal Way, Suite C, Crestview, FL 32539
Work phone: 850-682-2416
Business cell: 850-333-2031
Fax: 855-473-8755
Counties served: Escambia, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton.

Loria Phillips, Area Director
2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 5, Marianna, FL 32448
Work phone: 850-526-2610
Business cell: 850-317-6572
Fax: 855-474-6969
Counties served: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla and Washington.

Bruni Robles, Area Director
971 W Duval St, Suite 190, Lake City, FL 32055
Work phone: 386-719-5590
Business cell: 386-365-9576
Fax: 855-474-6983
Counties served: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Nassau, Suwannee, St. Johns, Taylor and Union.

Stephanie Hodges, Area Director
2441 NE 3rd Street, Suite 204-1, Ocala, FL 34470
Work phone: 352-732-7534
Business cell: 352-843-0042
Fax: 855-474-6990
Counties served: Alachua, Citrus, Dixie, Flagler, Gilchrist, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia.

Angela Smith, Area Director 
8390 Champions Gate Blvd, Suite 210, Champions Gate, FL 33896
Work phone: 863-420-4833
Fax: 855-474-8230
Counties served: Brevard, Hernando, Hillsborough, Indian River, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk.

ROYAL PALM BEACH AREA OFFICE **(see Sub Office information)
Ada Rivera, Area Director 
420 South State Road 7, Suite 166, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33414
Work phone: 561-792-2727
Fax: 855-475-4827

**N. Ft. Myers (Sub Office of Royal Palm Beach)
Ada Rivera, Area Director 
3434 Hancock Bridge Pkwy., Suite 209-A, N. Ft. Myers, FL 33903
Work phone: 239-997-7331
Fax: 855-475-8043
Counties served from Royal Palm Beach and North Fort Myers: Broward, Dade, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Martin, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, Manatee and Sarasota.

Kimme Bryce, Area Director
4401 Sion Farm, Ste. #2, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820
Work phone: 340-773-9146
Business cell: 340-201-4211
Fax: 855-475-6940
Locations served: St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.