Individual Water and Waste Water Grants
Individual Water and Waste Water Grants provide Government funds to households
residing in an area recognized as a colonia before October 1, 1989. Grant funds may
be used to connect service lines to a residence, pay utility hook-up fees, install
plumbing and related fixtures, i.e. a bathroom sink, bathtub or shower, commode, kitchen
sink, water heater, outside spigot, or bathroom, if lacking. These grants are available
to households who own and occupy the dwelling. These grants are available only in Arizona,
California, New Mexico, and Texas.
Eligibility: Individual Water and Waste Water Grant applicants must meet the following
requirements (applicants need not be age 62 or older):
(a) Own a dwelling located in a colonia and must present evidence of ownership (see
Chapter 12 of HB-1-3550 for requirements).
(b) Have a total taxable income based on the latest Federal income tax form from
all individuals residing in the household that is below the most recent poverty income
guidelines established by the Department of Health and Human Services; and
(c) Must not be delinquent on any Federal debt.
(1) Maximum grant to any individual for water service lines, connections, and/or
construction of a bathroom is $3,500.
(2) Maximum grant to any individual for sewer service lines, connections, and/or
construction of a bathroom is $4,000.
(3) Lifetime assistance to any individual for initial or subsequent Section 306C WWD
grants may not exceed a cumulative total of $5,000.
(4) Document the amount of assistance provided each grantee on a list of Section 306C WWD
recipients and retain it in the office operational file.
Basic Instruction: 7 CFR Part 3550 and HB-1-3550, Appendix 8
For more information about this program, or to file an application,
contact the local
Rural Development office in your area.