Water & Waste Disposal Predevelopment Planning Grants in North Carolina

What does this program do?

This program assists low-income communities with initial planning and development of applications for USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal direct loan/grant and loan guarantee programs.

Who may apply?

  • Most state and local governmental entities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Federally recognized tribes

What is an eligible area?

  • Rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less. Check eligible addresses
  • Federally recognized tribal lands
  • Colonias  

NOTE: The area must also have a median household income below the poverty line or less than 80 percent of the statewide non-metropolitan median household income

How may the funds be used?

  • Grants may be used to pay part of the costs of developing a complete application for USDA Rural Development Water & Waste Disposal direct loan/grant and loan guarantee programs.

What are the terms for grants?

  • Grants may not be used to pay for work already completed.
  • For projects eligible under several programs, the amount of the pre-development or SEARCH grant will be subtracted from the total grant eligibility as determined in underwriting for the water or waste disposal project.
  • These grants do not have to be paid back if the application for the USDA direct loan or loan/grant combination is not successful.
  • Grants are based on demonstrated need and subject to the availability of funds.
  • Partnerships with other federal, state and local entities are encouraged, and grants are awarded only when the applicant cannot afford to borrow the needed funds.

Is there a maximum grant amount?

Maximum of $30,000 or 75 percent of the predevelopment planning costs.

Are matching funds required?

Yes, at least 25 percent of the project cost must come from the applicant or third-party sources. In-kind contributions do not count toward this minimum.

How do we get started?

  • Applications for this program are accepted year round through your local RD office.
  • Program resources are available online (includes forms needed, guidance, certifications, etc.).

Who can answer questions?

  • Help is always available through your local RD office.
  • Participating non-profit associations also offer assistance and training.

What governs this program?

  • Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR 1780
  • Agricultural Act of 2014

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 valuable time in your application.

National Architect Requirements:

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

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

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Pam Hysong, Area Director

160 Zillicoa Street, Suite #2

Asheville, NC 28801

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Email: linda.whitmire@usda.gov

Counties Served: Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania



134 Government Circle

Suite 201

Jefferson, NC 28640

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Email: susan.roland@nc.usda.gov

Counties Served: Ashe, Watauga, Alleghany, Wilkes, Caldwell



195 Thomas Heights Rod

Franklin, NC 28734

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Email: pam.hysong@nc.usda.gov

Counties Served:  Macon, Haywood, Jackson, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain



225 Valley River Avenue, Suite J

Murphy, NC 28906

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Email: pam.hysong@nc.usda.gov



11943 S. 226 Hwy Suite D

Spruce Pine, NC 28777

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Email: rebecca.pinto@nc.usda.gov

Counties Served: Mitchell, Yancey, Madison, Avery



Warren C. Smith, Area Director

844 Wallace Grove Road

Shelby, NC 28150

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Email: deissy.honea@usda.gov

Counties Served: Cleveland, Gaston, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Mecklenburg


Rossie Bullock, Area Director

PO Box 7426

440-C Caton Road

Lumberton, NC 28360

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Counties Served: Robeson, Bladen, Cumberland, Scotland, Hoke, Columbus


847 Curry Drive, Suite 104

Asheboro, NC 27205

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Email: lynn.whittington@usda.gov

Counties Served: Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, Rowan, Stanly, Cabarrus, Rockingham, Caswell, Alamance



853 S. Beckford Drive, Suite A

Henderson, NC 27536

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Email: jonathan.jones@usda.gov

Counties Served: Vance, Granville, Franklin, Warren, Orange, Durham, Person, Nash, Northampton



Aaron Gaskins, Area Director

2044-C Hwy 11/55 South

PO Box 6189

Kinston, NC 28501-0189

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Email: angela.washington@usda.gov

Counties Served: Lenoir, Jones, Craven, Pamlico, Onslow, Carteret, Wayne, Greene, Duplin