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Solid Waste Management (SWM) Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs
to Improve Solid Waste Systems in Rural Areas

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development - Rural Utilities Service (RUS)

Deadline Date:

01/02/18 Receipt by Close of Business; or Postmarked by Midnight EST


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and academic institutions to reduce or eliminate water pollution in qualifying rural areas. This program supports organizations that offer training and technical assistance to improve the management and planning of solid waste sites.

Drinking water systems are basic and vital to both health and economic development. With dependable water facilities, rural communities can attract families and businesses that will invest in the community and improve the quality of life for all residents. Without dependable water facilities, the communities cannot sustain economic development.

RUS supports the sound development of rural communities and the growth of the economy without endangering the environment. RUS provides financial and technical assistance to help communities bring safe drinking water and sanitary, environmentally sound waste disposal facilities to rural Americans in greatest need.

The Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant Program has been established to assist communities with water or wastewater systems through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Qualified private nonprofit organizations will receive TAT grant funds to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste disposal problems in rural areas, assist applicants in preparing applications for water and waste grants made at the State level offices, and improve operation and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas.

The following activities are authorized under the TAT statute:
a. Identifying and evaluating solutions to water problems of associations in rural areas relating to source, storage, treatment, or distribution;
b. Identifying and evaluating solutions to waste problems of associations in rural areas relating to collection, treatment, or disposal;
c. Assisting associations in the preparation of water and/or waste loan and/or grant applications;
d. Providing technical assistance and/or training to association personnel that will improve the management, operation and maintenance of water and waste disposal facilities; or
e. Paying expenses associated with providing technical assistance and/or training authorized in (a) – (d).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162946

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 33

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

Term of Contract:

The duration of the project or service may not exceed 12 months. The grant period begins October 1 of each year and ends September 30 of the following year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May Apply:
-Most state and local governmental entities
-Federally recognized tribes
-Academic institutions

All applicants must have:
-Proven ability, background or experience to successfully complete a project similar to the one proposed
-Legal authority and capacity to provide technical assistance or training

Eligible Organizations:
a. Is a private, nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS);
b. Is legally established and located within one of the following: a state within the United States; the District of Columbia; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; a United States territory.
c. Has the legal capacity and authority to carry out the grant purpose;
d. Has a proven record of successfully providing technical assistance and/or training to rural areas;
e. Has capitalization acceptable to the Agency, and is composed of at least 51 percent of the outstanding interest or membership being citizens of the United States or individuals who reside in the United States after being legally admitted for permanent residence;
f. Has no delinquent debt to the federal government or no outstanding judgments to repay a federal debt;
g. Demonstrates that it possesses the financial, technical, and managerial capability to comply with federal and State laws and requirements.
h. Contracts with a nonaffiliated organization for not more than 49 percent of the grant to provide the proposed assistance.

Eligible Areas:

Rural areas and towns with a population of 10,000 or less are eligible. Check eligible addresses here:

Special consideration may be given for projects serving:
-An area with fewer than 5,500 or fewer than 2,500 people;
-Regional, multi-state or national areas; or
-Lower-income populations.

Ineligible Grant Purposes
a. Duplicate current services, or replace or substitute support normally provided by other means, such as those performed by an association’s consultant in developing a project, including feasibility, design, and cost estimates.
b. Fund political or lobbying activities.
c. Purchase real estate or vehicles, improve or renovate office space, or repair and maintain privately owned property.
d. Pay the costs for construction, improvement, rehabilitation, modification or operation and maintenance of water, wastewater, and solid waste disposal facilities.
e. Construct or furnish a building.
f. Intervene in the federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. g. Sue the federal government or any other government entities.
h. Pay for technical assistance which duplicates assistance provided to implement an action plan funded by the Forest Service (FS) under the National Forest-Dependent Rural Communities Economic Diversification Act (7 U.S.C. 6601 note) for five continuous years from the date of grant approval by the FS. To avoid duplicate assistance, coordinate with the Rural Development state office and the Forest Service before submitting an application.
i. Pay for any other costs that are not allowable under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E, “Cost Principles.”

Pre-Application Information:

Matching funds are not required for this grant, however, applicant and in-kind contributions are recommended.

You may file an application in either electronic or paper format. File an application electronically through Send or deliver paper applications by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) or courier delivery services to the RUS receipt point.

Whether you file a paper or an electronic application, you will need a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. You must provide your DUNS number on the SF-424, “Application for Federal Assistance.”

If your grant application will service only one state, please forward your application to your local USDA Rural Development Office.

You must be registered with before you can submit a grant application. If you have not used before, you will need to register with the System for Award Management (SAM). You will need a D&B DUNS number to access or register at any of the services. The registration processes may take several business days to complete.

Applications may be filed starting on October 1, 2017 and must be received by close of business or postmarked by midnight (EST) January 2, 2018. Applications may also be hand-delivered to the state office by close of business on January 2, 2018.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

National Office Contact:
Anita O'Brien
P: 202.720.9589
F: 202.690.0649

Submit applications to your local RD office:

Multi-state applications may be submitted to:
Assistant Administrator
Water and Environmental Programs Rural Development
Rural Utilities Service
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
STOP 1548, Room 5145
South Washington, DC 20250-1548

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