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 available.

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 rural areas;
  • 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 or less.

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.


Community Programs Links


VA Instructions

Census Data

Architect Forms

SAM (Excluded Parties List)

USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Programs

USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Programs


State Natural Resource Management Guide