Program 101

What does this program do?

This program helps qualified, private non-profits provide technical assistance and training to (a) identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste problems; (b) assist applicants in preparing applications for water and waste disposal loans/grants; and (c) assist associations in improving operation and maintenance of existing water and waste facilities in eligible rural areas.

Who may apply?

  • Non-profits that have the proven ability, background, experience and capacity to provide technical assistance or training on a national, regional or state basis.

What is an eligible area?

  • Rural areas and towns with 10,000 or fewer people--check eligible addresses
  • Tribal Lands in rural areas  i

How may the funds be used?

  • Identify and evaluate solutions to water problems related to source, storage, treatment, and distribution, collection, treatment, and disposal
  • Provide technical assistance and training to improve management, operations and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal systems
  • Prepare water and waste disposal loan and grant applications

Are there terms for grants?

  • The project period for these grants is one year starting Oct. 1 and ending Sept. 30
  • Applicant contributions must be used before USDA grant funds
  • This is a reimbursement grant
  • Grants are subject to the availability of funds

How do we get started?

  • Download the 2017 Application Guide
  • Single-state applications are accepted through your local RD office from October 1 - December 31 each year. Multi-state or national applications are accepted through the RD national office.
  • Program Resources are available online (forms, guidance, certifications etc.)

Who currently participates in this program?

Who can answer questions?

What governs this program?

  • Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR 1775
  • This program is authorized by 306(a)(14)(A) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (CONACT) 7 U.S.C. 1921 et seq.

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?

This program helps small communities extend and improve water and waste-treatment facilities for households and businesses. 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 specialist in your local office for assistance or consult the program Instructions listed in the section above titled "What Governs this Program?"

Forms & Resources

FY 2017 Application Guide for Technical Assistance and Training and Solid Waste Management Grant Programs | PDF