Program 101

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What does this program do?

This program helps private lenders provide affordable financing to qualified borrowers to improve access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal systems for households and businesses in rural areas.

Who may apply?

Private lenders may apply for a loan guarantee on loans they make to eligible borrowers who are otherwise unable to obtain commercial credit on reasonable terms.

Eligible borrowers include:

What is an eligible area?

Areas that may be served include:

How may borrowed funds be used?

Construct or improve facilities for:

  • Drinking water
  • Sanitary sewers
  • Solid waste disposal
  • Storm water disposal facilities

Depending on the circumstances, some funds may also be used for:

  • Legal and engineering fees
  • Land acquisition and equipment
  • Start-up operations and maintenance
  • Capitalized interest
  • Other costs determined to be necessary for completion of the project
  • See Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR, Part 1779.2 for a complete list

What are the terms of a loan guarantee?

  • The maximum guarantee is typically 90 percent of the loan amount.
  • Interest rates may be fixed or variable as negotiated between the lender and the borrower, subject to USDA approval.
  • Up to 40-year payback period, based on the useful life of the facilities financed.
  • Balloon payments are prohibited.

Are there additional requirements?

  • The borrower must have the legal authority needed to construct, operate and maintain the proposed facilities and the services they provide.
  • All facilities financed with the aid of a loan guarantee must be used for public purposes.

Who will service the loan?

Loans guaranteed through this program are serviced through the private lender that makes the loan, just as they would be without a guarantee.

How do we get started?

  • Lenders: Contact a representative in your local RD office for details on how to become an approved lender.
  • Borrowers: Ask your private lender if it participates in USDA loan guarantee programs.

Who can answer questions?

  • Contact your local RD office.
  • Participating nonprofit associations also offer assistance and training.

What governs this program?

  • Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR, Part 1779
  • 5 USC 301, 7 USC 1989 and 16 USC 1005

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?

This program helps extend access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal systems for households and businesses in eligible rural areas and towns. Affordable terms and 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 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 select your state 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.

Engineering

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

Environmental

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

Architect

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