Municipal water and wastewater projects are vital to the health and well being of a town and its residents. These projects also tend to be the most expensive developments for municipalities. As budgets shrink, municipalities are forced to look elsewhere for financial support, and grant programs are a common way to help offset the costs of water and wastewater projects. In this blog, we detail six select grant programs, most aimed toward small and rural towns, designed to help municipalities with their water and wastewater projects and training. There are, of course, many more.
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Sometimes emergencies happen, and when these emergencies affect the drinking supply of a municipality the results could be dangerous. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development organization offers $150,000-$500,000 grants to rural communities of less than 10,000 people that have experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water due to an emergency, or in which such decline is considered imminent, to obtain or maintain adequate quantities of water. Applications for this program are accepted at any time.
Designed to complement the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, the EPA Hardship Grants Program for Rural Communities helps towns of fewer than 3,000 people plan, design, and construct publicly owned treatment works or alternative wastewater services such as on-site treatment systems. These funds can also be used to provide training, technical assistance, and educational programs on the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment systems. The EPA will award grants from a $50 million funding pool to the states, Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories. Those entities, in turn, will provide hardship assistance to small communities.
This Department of Agriculture grant provides funds 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. There are over $300 million available in Fiscal Year 2013 for this grant program.
Municipalities with active or closed landfills can apply for Solid Waste Management Grants from the Department of Agriculture. These grants can be used to evaluate current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources in rural areas; provide technical assistance and/or training to enhance operator skills in the maintenance and operation of active landfills in rural areas; provide technical assistance and/or training to help associations reduce the solid waste stream; and provide technical assistance and/or training for operators of landfills in rural areas that are closed or will be closed in the near future. These grants average $88,000.
Municipalities hoping to fund training and/or technical assistance to identify and evaluate solutions to water problems relating to source, storage, treatment, and distribution, and to waste disposal problems relating to collection, treatment, and disposal can apply for TAT grants from the Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service. Grants from this program average over $1 million.
Low-income rural communities whose residents face significant health risks can apply for grant funds from the Department of Agriculture’s Water and Waste Disposal Grant Program. Funds may be used for 100 percent of costs to construct, enlarge, extend, or otherwise improve a community water or waste system; extend service lines; and connect individual residences to a system.
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