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Technical Assistance and Training for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions Grant Pilot Program


What does this program do?

This program helps rural communities to seek innovative regional solutions to wastewater treatment systems that have been hindered by uncompromising soil conditions. 

Who may apply?

Consortia of regional institutions of higher education, academic health and research institute, or economic development entities located in the service area that have experience in addressing these issues in the region. The consortium must include a regional university, or the proposed scope of work must include coordinating with a regional university, to solve untreated raw sewage issues with innovative technologies and strategic management and regulatory models. 

What is an eligible area?

The area to be served must be: historically impoverished  (meeting persistent poverty guidelines, which according to Section 740 of the General Provisions of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, Public Law 116-94, dated December 20, 2019, is any county that has had 20 percent or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses, and 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-year average.);  and rural. Rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less – check eligible addresses; Tribal lands in rural areas.

How may the funds be used?

To identify and evaluate economically feasible innovative regional solutions to wastewater treatment concerns for historically impoverished rural communities in areas which have had difficulty installing traditional wastewater treatment systems due to soil conditions; To provide wastewater related technical assistance, including such services as feasibility studies, preliminary design assistance and supervision, oversight, or training for the development of an application for financial assistance.

Are there terms for grants?

The project period for these grants is one year; This is a reimbursement grant; Grants are subject to the availability of funds

How do we get started?

Download the Application Guide for Technical Assistance and Training for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions Grant Pilot Program (attached); Program resources are available online (forms, guidance, certifications, etc.) 

Who can answer questions?

Christina Cerio, 315-403-3112, christina.cerio@usda.gov

What governs this program?

  • Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR 1775 (use the existing link on the TAT page)
  • Section 30(a)(14)(A) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act 7 U.S.C. 1921 et seq
  • Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, General Provision 783

Why does Rural Development do this?

This program helps small communities extend and improve waste treatment facilities for households and businesses. 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 the program specialist listed in the section above titled “Who can answer questions?” or consult the Program Instructions listed in the section above titled “What governs this program?”

There are no other additional requirements at the national level.

Christina Cerio, 315-403-3112, christina.cerio@usda.gov

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