Household Water Well System Grant Program

To make grants to private, nonprofit organizations to finance the construction, refurbishing and servicing of individually-owned household water well systems in rural areas for individuals with low or moderate income.

Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Rural Utilities Service
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
Grant funds will be used to establish and maintain a revolving loan fund to provide loans to eligible individuals to construct, refurbish, and service individually-owned household water well systems. Eligible individuals must own or will own the household water well systems. Funds may be used to pay administrative expenses associated with providing the loans. Grant funds may not be used to pay (1) administrative expenses exceeding 10 percent of the loans made during the calendar year; (2) administrative expenses incurred before the Rural Utilities Service executes a grant agreement; (3) delinquent debt owed to the Federal Government.
Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, as amended, Section 306E, Public Law 107-171, 7 U.S.C. 1926e.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
An applicant must be a private organization, organized as a non-profit corporation. The applicant must have the legal capacity and authority to perform the obligations of the grant. The applicant must have sufficient expertise and experience in lending activities and promoting the safe and productive use of individually-owned household water well systems and ground water.
Beneficiary Eligibility
An individual in a household in which the combined income of all household members (for the most recent 12 months) does not exceed 100 percent of the median non-metropolitan household income for the State or territory in which the individual resides.
Evidence of legal capacity, economic feasibility, ability to administer and service a revolving loan fund, commitment and sources of financial resources the organization controls. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Standard application forms as furnished by RUS must be used for this program. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The Water and Environmental Programs of the USDA Rural Utilities Service administers the program. Application Form SF-424 is filed at the National Office in Washington, DC, from which assistance may be obtained.
Award Procedure
The Water and Environmental Programs staff in Washington, DC, will review and process the application. Following completion of application processing requirements and grant approval, funds are made available to the applicant on a reimbursement basis.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 60 to 90 days. From 30 to 90 days.
From 60 to 90 days. If an application is rejected, the reasons for rejection are fully stated. The applicant may request a review of this decision with the National Appeals Division of USDA in accordance with USDA regulations at 7 CFR 11.
From 30 to 60 days.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 10.%. Applicants must provide funds from sources other than the HWWS grant. The required match must be at least 10 percent of the HWWS grant.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
A time limitation is not specified; however, priority will be given to applicants whose time frame for completion of the grant project is 12 months or less. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds will be awarded when all RUS requirements are met and the project can be completed on a timely basis.
Post Assistance Requirements
All grantees will submit quarterly performance activity reports and financial reports to RUS until the project is complete and the funds are expended. Cash reports are not applicable. Periodic reports are to be made to the RUS servicing offical. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Periodic audits should be made as part of the recipient's system of financial management and internal control to meet terms and conditions of the grants and other agreements. Audits should be completed in accordance with the requirements of OMB Circular No. A-133 or RUS requirements, whichever apply.
Records and accounts are required to reflect the project operations.
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 12 $788,340; FY 13 est $917,221; and FY 14 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$57,750 to $300,000. Average is $157,668.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR 1776, Household Water Well System Grant Program; The Household Water Well System Program: 2004 Grant Application Guide.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Consult your local telephone directory for Rural Development local number. If no listing, get in touch with the appropriate Rural Development State Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Assistant Administrator, Water and Enviornmental Programs, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Stop 1548, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: (202) 690-2670.
Website Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
RUS assistance for grant projects will be directed toward truly rural areas and rural communities. Considerations for available funds emphasize such criteria as population, low income, unemployment; health and sanitary problems. RUS financed facilities will not be inconsistent with any development plans of the State, multi-jurisdictional area, county, or municipality in which the proposed project is located.
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