USDA SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR HOUSEHOLD
WATER WELL GRANTS
Program Provides Access to Clean, Safe
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today
announced the availability of funding for applications from non-profit
organizations for funds to help rural homeowners construct or upgrade
household water well systems.
The funding is provided through USDA
Rural Development’s Household Water Well System grant program. USDA
plans to award up to four grants to non-profit groups that will use the
funds to establish loan program for homeowners. Loans may not exceed
$11,000 and will carry a term up to 20 years at a one percent annual
“Because many rural residents do not
live in areas where a centralized water system is feasible, it is
essential that their wells are safe and working properly,” said Vilsack.
Household Water Well Grant program complements President Obama’s
environmental initiatives and provides support for rural residents.
Rural Development plans to award up to $993,000 in grants. Non-profit
groups must contribute at least 10 percent of the grant request.
Individuals are not eligible for grants but may be eligible for loans if
their annual household income does not exceed 100 percent of their state
or territory’s median non-metropolitan income. Loans may not be provided
for home sewer or septic system projects.
The grants to be awarded under this
notice are part of USDA Rural Development’s annual budget and are not
funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
This Notice follows the November 20, 2008, release
of a Notice of Solicitation of Applications that opened the application
filing window. Applications are due by the close of business May 31.
The application guide for this grant program can be found at http://www.usda.gov/rus/water/HWWSP.htm.
Also see the April 29, 2009, Federal Register, page 19503.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to
increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural
residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances
business development and supports the creation of critical community and
technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is
available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA
Rural Development’s web site at