Water and Waste Disposal Systems for Rural Communities
Provide loan and grant funds for water and waste projects serving the most financially needy communities. Financial assistance should result in reasonable user costs for rural residents, rural businesses, and other rural users.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; E - Direct Loans; F - Guaranteed/Insured Loans
Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, as amended, Section 306, Public Law 92-419, 7 U.S.C. 1926.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Municipalities, counties, other political subdivisions of a State such as districts and authorities, associations, cooperatives, corporations operated on a not-for-profit basis, Indian tribes on Federal and State reservations and other Federally recognized Indian tribes. The applicant must: (1) be unable to finance the proposed project from its own resources or through commercial credit at reasonable rates and terms; and (2) have the legal authority necessary for constructing, operating, and maintaining the proposed facility or service, and for obtaining, giving security for, and repaying the proposed loan. Assistance is authorized for eligible applicants in rural areas of the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and to the extent the Secretary determines feasible and appropriate, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
Users of the applicant systems, which are previously described as public bodies, private nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes, and individuals.
Evidence of legal and organizational capacity, economic feasibility and financial responsibility relative to the activity for which assistance is requested. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. USDA Rural Development (RD) offices administer the program on the local level. Applications include the criteria specified within 7 CFR 1777. This includes, but is not limited to, the requirement of applicants to file an application Form SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance, with the appropriate Rural Development (RD) Office.
Applications will be reviewed and scored for funding priority by the RD State Office. After the application has been reviewed at the local level, it is forwarded to the RD State Director for review and processing instructions. Following completion of application processing requirements and loan/grant approval, funds are made available to the applicant. As needed, the RD State Director may request supplemental funding from the RUS National Office.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Dependent upon funding and whether the application is considered complete. A determination on a complete application will be made within 15 federal working days. If complete, an eligibility and funding determination will be issued within 45 working days.
An application determined ineligible may request a review of this decision with the National Appeals Division of USDA in accordance with USDA regulations at 7 CFR 11.
How are proposals selected?
In selecting applications for funding, the agency cooperates with appropriate State agencies. RUS assistance for water and waste disposal projects will be directed toward truly rural areas and rural communities. Considerations for available funds emphasize such criteria as, but not limited to: Population; low income unemployment; and health and sanitary problems. RUS financed facilities will be consistent with any development plans of the State, multi-jurisdictional area, county, or municipality in which the proposed project is located.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used for the installation, repair, improvement, or expansion of a rural water facility including distribution lines, well pumping facilities and costs related thereto, and the installation, repair, improvement, or expansion of a rural waste disposal facility including the collection, and treatment of sanitary, storm, and solid wastes.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements, Subpart F, Audit Requirements (Revised, December 26, 2013)nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Subpart F. Annual audit or Management Report
Required to maintain records and accounts to assure funds are used for authorized purposes.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not Applicable Requests for funds are granted as needed.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Consult local telephone directory under United States Government, Department of Agriculture, for Rural Development office number. If no listing, get in touch with the appropriate Rural Development State Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Assistant Administrator, Water and Environmental Programs,
Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Stop 1548
Washington, DC 20250 US
(Direct Loans) FY 18$1,911,766,480.00; FY 19 est $1,540,000,000.00; FY 20 est $1,200,000,000.00; - (Guaranteed/Insured Loans) FY 18$25,486,642.00; FY 19 est $50,000,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; - (Project Grants) FY 18$857,712,118.00; FY 19 est $448,682,500.00; FY 20 est $418,357,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
(Direct Loans) $16,000 to $9,900,000; average $2,354,392 (Grants) $8,000 to $22,437,000; average $1,284,000 (Guaranteed/Insured Loans) $450,000 to $7,371,000; average $1,415,325
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR 1780, Water and Waste Loans and Grants, 7 CFR 1779, Water and Waste Disposal Program Guaranteed Loans.
Examples of Funded Projects