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Solid Waste Management Grants in Pennsylvania

Application window is open from October 1 - December 31 each year

Priority points have been updated.

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What does this program do?

This program reduces or eliminates pollution of water resources by providing funding for organizations that provide technical assistance or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites.

Who may apply?

  • Public bodies
  • Nonprofits
  • Federally recognized tribes
  • Academic institutions

All applicants must have:

  • Proven ability, background or experience to successfully complete a project similar to the one proposed
  • Legal authority and capacity to provide technical assistance or training

What is an eligible area?

Rural areas and towns with a population of 10,000 or less -- 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 cannot be used to:

  • Duplicate current services, replace or substitute support or services already provided by a consultant during project development
  • 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.
  • See 7 CFR 1775.5 for a complete list.

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 encouraged..

Who currently participates in this program?

How do we get started?

Who can answer questions?

Contact the grant manager at water-rd@usda.gov.

What governs this program?

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?

This program helps small communities and utilities better manage solid waste disposal.

NOTE: Program details may change over time. Before you begin an application, please confirm you have the most current information by  consulting the Application Guide at "How do we get started?" AND the regulation listed in the section above titled "What governs this program?" Questions may be directed to the grant manager at the section above the titled "Who can answer questions?"

FY 2024 Technical Assistance and Training and Solid Waste Management Grant Programs Application Guide |  PDF

There are no other additional requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above.

Water and Environmental Programs (WEP)

General Program Inquiries
Pennsylvania State Office
(717) 237-2188
Vacant, Water and Environmental Program Director (717) 237-2281

Pennsylvania State Office
Barb Lukens, Water and Environmental Program Specialist (717) 237-2294
Amber Albright, Water and Environmental Program Specialist (717) 237-2295

WEP Engineering/Environmental Assistance
John Brady, Civil Engineer, State Office (717) 237-2290

Vacant, Civil Engineer, Butler Office (724) 482-5294

WEP Program Specialists in Area Offices
Linda Thomas, Area Specialist, Crawford Area Office (814) 547-5941
Sean McElroy, Area Specialist, Lebanon Area Office (717) 376-3499
Todd Colley, Area Specialist, Butler Area Office (724) 482-5290
Mathew McKnight, Area Specialist, Butler Area Office (724) 482-5285
Kim Wehr, Area Specialist, Butler Area Office  (724) 482-5286
Jason Cali, Area Specialist, (570) 836-5111, ext. 123
Jenni Velez, Area Specialist, Cumberland Area Office (717) 601-3245
Alyssa Rung, Area Specialist, Lycoming Area Office (570) 433-5084

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