Program 101

Fiscal Year 2016 highlights:
Water and Waste Loans: (15) $44,561,000
Water and Waste Grants: (10) $12,768,500
Water and Waste Search Grant: (1) $24,000
Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants: (3) $874,445
Solid Waste Management Grant: (2) $99,860
Household Water Well System Grant: (1) $275,000
Total: 58,602,805

Are applications currently being accepted: YES
Program Fact Sheet: PDF

What does this program do?

This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.

Who may apply?

This program assists qualified applicants who are not otherwise able to obtain commercial credit on reasonable terms. Eligible applicants include:

What is an eligible area?

Areas that may be served include:

What kinds of funding are available?

  • Long-term, low-interest loans
  • If funds are available, a grant may be combined with a loan if necessary to keep user costs reasonable.

How may the funds be used?

Funds may be used to finance the acquisition, construction or improvement of:

  • Drinking water sourcing, treatment, storage and distribution
  • Sewer collection, transmission, treatment and disposal
  • Solid waste collection, disposal and closure
  • Storm water collection, transmission and disposal

In some cases, funding may also be available for related activities such as:

  • Legal and engineering fees
  • Land acquisition, water and land rights, permits and equipment
  • Start-up operations and maintenance
  • Interest incurred during construction
  • Purchase of facilities to improve service or prevent loss of service
  • Other costs determined to be necessary for completion of the project
  • See 7 CFR Part 1780.7 and 1780.9 for a complete list

What is the loan term and rate?

  • Up to 40-year payback period, based on the useful life of the facilities financed
  • Fixed interest rates, based on the need for the project and the median household income of the area to be served

Contact us for details and current interest rates applicable for your project

Are there additional requirements?

  • Borrowers must have the legal authority to construct, operate and maintain the proposed services or facilities.
  • All facilities receiving federal financing must be used for a public purpose.
  • Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and nonprofit entities that offer financial assistance are encouraged.
  • Projects must be financially sustainable.

How do we get started?

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  • Applications are accepted year round and may be filed electronically using RD Apply.
  • Applications are also accepted through your local RD office.
  • Program resources are available online (i.e., forms, guidance, certifications, etc.).

Who can answer questions?

  • Contact the local representative who serves your area
  • Participating nonprofits in your area may also offer assistance and training

What governs this program?

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?

This program helps very small, financially distressed rural communities extend and improve water and waste treatment facilities that serve local households and businesses. Good practices can save tax dollars, improve the natural environment, and help manufacturers and 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 program specialist in your local RD office for assistance or consult the program instructions listed in the section above titled "What Governs this Program?"

Forms & Resources

Ohio Water and Environmental Programs Applicant Information Form

NOTE: Please ensure that your state is selected 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.

Interest Rates

Current interest rates for 3rd Quarter FY 2017, effective April 1 to June 31, 2017

Poverty:  2.000%
Intermediate:  2.750%
Market:  3.375


Community Program Director: David M. Douglas (state office)
PHONE:     614-255-2391

Specialist: Scott Shaneyfelt (state office)
PHONE:     614-255-2414

Specialist: Charles Dietz (state office)
PHONE:      614-255-2431

Area Director, East: John Miller (Massillon)
PHONE:      330-830-7700 x 132

Area Director, West: Chris Spellmire (Findlay)
PHONE:      419-422-0242

Area Specialist: Christine Crowell (Marietta)
PHONE:      740-373-7113

Area Specialist: Ashley Kelly (Hillsboro)
PHONE:      937-393-1921

Area Specialist: Mary Carr (Findlay)
PHONE:      419-422-0242 x 112

Civil Engineer: Matthew McCoppin (state office)
PHONE:      614-255-2421

Architect: Michael Davis (state office)
PHONE:    614-255-2429