Program 101

What does this program do?

This program helps qualified, private nonprofits provide technical assistance and training to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste problems; helps applicants prepare applications for water and waste disposal loans/grants; and helps associations improve the operation and maintenance of water and waste facilities in eligible rural areas.

Who may apply?

  • Nonprofits 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 populations of 10,000 or less -- check eligible addresses
  • Tribal lands in rural areas

How may the funds be used?

  • To identify and evaluate solutions to water problems related to source, storage, treatment, distribution, collection, treatment and disposal.
  • To provide technical assistance and training to improve management, operations and maintenance of water and waste disposal systems.
  • To 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?

Who currently participates in this program?

Who can answer questions?

What governs this program?

  • Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR 1775
  • Section 306(a)(14)(A) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act 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 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

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