Temple, Texas, Jun 26, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development announces the availability of Rural Utilities Service (RUS) grant funds to be competitively awarded for the Household Water Well System (HWWS) Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2013. RUS will make grants to qualified private non-profit organizations to help establish lending programs for homeowners to borrow up to $11,000 to construct or repair household water wells for an existing home. The HWWS Grant Program is authorized under 7 USC 1926e. Regulations may be found at 7 CFR Part 1776. Of particular note this year in an effort to address the extreme drought conditions in rural areas, RUS will assign administrative discretion points to applications proposing to serve areas with severe, extreme or exceptional drought, as reported by the U.S. Drought Monitor located at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/.
The deadline for completed applications for a HWWS grant is July 26, 2013. Applications in either paper or electronic format must be postmarked or time-stamped electronically on or before the deadline. Late applications will be ineligible for grant consideration. Applications may be submitted to the following addresses:
1. Electronic applications: http://www.grants.gov (Grants.gov). Submit electronic applications through Grants.gov, following the instructions on that Web site.
2. Paper applications: Water Programs Division, Rural Utilities Service, STOP:1570, Room 2233–S, 1400 Independence Ave SW., Washington, DC 20250–1570.
Obtain application guides and materials for the HWWS Grant Program electronically or in paper format from the following addresses:
1. Electronic copies: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-individualwellsystems.htm.
2. Paper copies: Write Water Programs Division, Rural Utilities Service, STOP:
1570, Room 2233–S, 1400 Independence Ave SW., Washington, DC 20250–1570
or call (202) 720–9589.
For additional information, contact the Rural Development State Office at 254-742-9789.