Water and Environmental Programs
Water and Waste
The Water and Waste Loan and Grant Program is available for rural water,
sanitary sewerage, solid waste disposal, and storm water disposal facilities.
The program is directed toward rural areas with populations of up to 10,000
people. Eligible applicants include public bodies, nonprofit organizations, and
Indian tribal organizations. Applicants must be unable to finance proposed
projects from their own resources or through commercial credit. Loans with terms
up to 40 years and interest rates based on community income levels are
Grants can be awarded to assist the most financially needy communities and
are awarded for the purpose of reducing user rates and charges to a level
comparing with similar systems.
"Corporations that have been convicted of a
felony (or had an officer or agency acting on behalf of the
corporation convicted of a felony) within the past 24 months are not
eligible. Any Corporation that has any unpaid federal tax liability
that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative
remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being
paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority
responsible for collecting the tax liability, is not eligible for
financial assistance provided with funds appropriated by the
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012, P.L. No. 112-55."
Technical Assistance and Solid Waste Management Grants
The objectives of the Technical Assistance Grant Program are to:
- identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste disposal problems in
- assist applicants in preparing applications for water and waste grants; and
improve operation and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal
facilities in rural areas.
Objectives of the Solid Waste Management Grant Program are to:
- Reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources; and
- Improve planning and management of solid waste sites.
A rural area is defined as any area not in a city or town with a population
in excess of 10,000 inhabitants. Private, non-profit organizations that have
been granted tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service are eligible for
assistance under both programs. In addition, public bodies, including local
governmental-based, multi-jurisdictional organizations, are eligible under the
Solid Waste Management Grant Program.
Community Facility Programs
Community Facility Loan and Grant Programs are for the purpose of
constructing, enlarging, extending, or otherwise improving community
facilities for healthcare, telecommunications, public safety, and
public services in rural areas and towns with a population of 20,000
Health care facilities include hospitals, nursing homes, dental or medical
clinics, and rehabilitation centers. Telecommunications provide for distance
learning and telemedicine facilities and equipment. Public safety facilities
include fire, rescue, and police stations or buildings and related equipment.
Public service facilities include community buildings, courthouses, libraries,
schools, industrial parks, and airports.
Other types of community facilities that provide essential services to rural
residents, such as day care facilities, are also eligible.
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