Water & Waste Disposal Predevelopment Planning Grants in Ohio


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.

State Architect Requirements:

Architect:        Michael Davis
PHONE:           614-255-2429
EMAIL:             michael.davis@oh.usda.gov

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.

There are currently no events scheduled.
 

Community Programs Director: 
David M. Douglas (state office)
PHONE:            614-255-2391
EMAIL:              david.douglas@usda.gov

Specialist:        Charles Dietz (state office)
PHONE:            614-255-2431
EMAIL:              charles.dietz@usda.gov

FINDLAY AREA OFFICE DIRECTOR: 
Chris Spellmire
PHONE:            419-581-4498
EMAIL:              chris.spellmire@usda.gov  

Findlay Specialist: Mary Carr
PHONE:            419-581-4500
EMAIL:              mary.carr@usda.gov  

HILLSBORO AREA OFFICE DIRECTOR:
Ashley Kelly
PHONE:            937-393-1921 x127
EMAIL:              ashley.kelly@usda.gov

Hillsboro Specialist: Cindy Cameron
PHONE:            937-3931921 ext. 118
EMAIL:             cindy.cameron@usda.gov

MARIETTA AREA OFFICE DIRECTOR:
Brent Warren
PHONE:           740-885-3303
EMAIL:             brent.warren@usda.gov

Marietta Specialist: Teresa Ullman
PHONE:            740-885-3299
EMAIL:              teresa.ullman@usda.gov

MASSILLON AREA OFFICE DIRECTOR: 
John Miller
PHONE:            330-481-2215
EMAIL:              john.miller@usda.gov  

Massillon Specialist: Michael Antonille
PHONE:            330-481-2228
EMAIL:             michael.antonille@usda.gov

Civil Engineer: Matthew McCoppin (state office)
PHONE:            614-255-2421
EMAIL:              matthew.mccoppin@usda.gov  

Architect: Michael Davis (state office)
PHONE:            614-255-2429
EMAIL:              michael.davis5@usda.gov