Program 101

Program Fact Sheet

Are applications currently being accepted: YES

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. The RD Apply Customer Help Guide is provided to help you get started and work through the application process
  • 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

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.


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Individual states will have particular requirements based on state and local regulations. Please contact the local RD office in the state where your project is located.

Interest Rates

Current interest rates for 3rd Quarter FY 2019, effective April 1, 2019 to June 31, 2019

Poverty:  2.500%
Intermediate:  3.375%
Market:  4.250%


Wyoming Contacts

WY State Office Casper, WY
100 East B St. Rm 1005
Casper, WY 82601
Main State Office Number: 307-233-6700
State Office Fax Number: 855-415-3411

State Director
Chad Rupe, 307-233-6700

Business & Cooperative Programs
Scott Sutherland, Program Director, 307-233-6706
Fax Number: 855-415-3412

Community Facilities, Water and Environmental Programs
Lorraine Werner, Program Director, 307-233-6710
Fax Number: 855-415-3412

Multi-Family Housing Program
Kelly Jones, MFH Specialist,  307-347-2456 Ext. 4
Fax Number: 855-415-3424

Single Family Housing Program
Janice Blare
Phone: 307-856-7524, ext. 4
Fax Number: 855-415-3413

Community Economic Development
Chad Stovall, 307-233-6714
Fax: 855-415-3412

Administrative Programs
Janice Blare, Assistant to the State Director, 307-233-6705
Fax: 855-415-3411

Public Affairs
Janice Blare, Assistant to the State Director, 307-233-6705
Fax: 855-415-3411

Field Offices

Riverton - Single Family Housing
508 N. Broadway
Riverton, WY 82501-3597
Housing Program, 307-856-7524, ext. 4
Fax Number: 855-415-3413

Worland - Multi-Family Housing
208 Shiloh Rd
Worland, WY 82401-8729
307-347-2456, ext. 4
Fax Number: 855-415-3424

Sheridan - Business and Single Family Housing Programs
Cottonwood Center
1949 Sugarland Dr, Suite 118
Sheridan, WY 82801-5749
307-672-5820, ext. 4
Fax Number: 866-609-6884

Torrington - Community Programs
1441 East M St, Suite A
Torrington, WY 82240-3521
307-532-4880, ext. 4
Fax Number: 855-415-3414