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Grants to USA Nonprofits to Reduce Water Pollution in Rural Areas

Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant

GrantWatch ID# 162946
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development (RD)
CFDA Number: 10.761
Funding or PIN Number: TATFY23

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/31/22 11:59 PM EST

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations to support programs that eliminate or reduce water pollution in qualifying rural areas. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. The program is intended to assist communities with water or wastewater systems through technical assistance and training provided by grant recipients to rural water and wastewater organizations.

Qualified private, nonprofit organizations 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 state-level offices, and improve the operation and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas.

The funds may be used:

  • To identify and evaluate solutions to water problems related to source, storage, treatment, distribution, collection, treatment and disposal.
  • To provide technical assistance and training to improve management, operations and maintenance of water and waste disposal systems.
  • To prepare water and waste disposal loan and grant applications.

Rural Utilities Service encourages applicants to consider projects that will advance the following key priorities:

  • Assisting Rural communities in their efforts to recover economically from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly disadvantaged communities.
  • Ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to RD programs and benefits from RD funded projects.
  • Reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
(a) Entities eligible for grants must be private nonprofit organizations with tax exempt status, designated by the Internal Revenue Service. A nonprofit organization is defined as any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that: (1) Is operated primarily for scientific, education, service, charitable, or similar purposes in the public interest. (2) Is not organized primarily for profit. (3) Uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve, and/or expand its operations.

(b) Entities must be legally established and located within a state as defined in §1775.2.

(c) Organizations must be incorporated by December 31 of the year the application period occurs to be eligible for funds.

(d) Private businesses, Federal agencies, public bodies, and individuals are ineligible for these grants.

(e) Applicants must also have the proven ability, background, experience (as evidenced by the organization's satisfactory completion of project(s) similar to those proposed), legal authority, and actual capacity to provide technical assistance and/or training on a regional basis to associations as provided in §1775.33. To meet the requirement of actual capacity, an applicant must either:(1) Have the necessary resources to provide technical assistance and/or training to associations in rural areas through its staff, or (2) Be assisted by an affiliate or member organization which has such background and experience, and which agrees, in writing, that it will provide the assistance, or (3) Contract with a nonaffiliated organization for not more than 49 percent of the grant to provide the proposed assistance.

Pre-Application Information
The FY 2023 application window opens on October 1, 2022. To be considered for FY 2023 funding, your application must be time-stamped electronically on no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the filing deadline December 31, 2022.

You are required to get a Unique Entity ID (UEI) and maintain active registration in the U.S. Government’s System for Award Management (SAM) database, available at this link: Your registration must be renewed and revalidated every 12 months for as long as you have an active loan, guaranteed loan, or grant with USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service.

To ensure your information is current, accurate, and complete, and to prevent SAM account expiration, reviews and updates must be performed within 365 days of the initial account activation date. The registration process can take up to 10 business days to complete.

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Additional Funding Information

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Term of Contract
The grant period begins October 1 of each year, and ends September 30 of the following year.

Contact Information
The grant manager is Lorrie Davis, Community Programs Specialist. If you have questions, contact the WEP staff early in your application process.
Phone: (202) 720-1938

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