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Solid Waste Management Grants

The purpose of the Solid Waste Management Grant program is to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources, and to improve planning and management of solid waste sites.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Public bodies and non-profit corporations

  • Pre-applications received from local governmental-based, jurisdictional organizations will be given priority within the available funds

  • Must also have the proven ability, background, experience, legal authority, and actual capacity to provide technical assistance and/or training on a regional basis

Eligible Grant Purposes:

  • Evaluate current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources

  • Provide technical assistance and/or training to enhance operator skills in maintenance and operation of active landfills

  • Provide technical assistance and/or training to help communities reduce the solid waste stream

  • Provide technical assistance and/or training for operators of landfills which are closed or will be closed in the near future with the development and/or implementation of closure plans, future land use plans, safety and maintenance planning and closure scheduling within permit requirements

Ineligible Grant Purposes:

  • Recruit applications for USDA Rural Development's water and waste disposal loan and/or any loan and/or grant program

  • Duplicate current services, replacement or substitution of support previously provided such as those performed by an association's consultant in developing a project

  • Fund political activities

  • Pay for capital assets, the purchase of real estate or vehicles, improve and renovate office space, or repair and maintain privately-owned property

  • Pay for construction or operation and maintenance costs

  • Pay costs incurred prior to the effective date of grants made under this instruction

Pre-applications, on SF-424.1, can be filed between October 1 and December 31 of each year. Notice of Funding Available (NOFA) is published annually in the Federal Register.  USDA Rural Development Specialists will be glad to discuss services available from the Agency and explain application procedures. Click here for the Rural Development Specialist closest to you.

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 Last modified: February 16, 2006