Water Assistance Grants

Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants

Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Water and Environmental Programs, Rural Utilities Service
1400 Independence Ave., SW, Stop 1548, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: (202) 690-2670.

The Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant Program helps residents of rural communities with population of less than 10,000 who had a significant decline in quality and/or quantity of drinking water. Grant assistance is aimed to improve existing water systems so they can meet the standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

The financial assistance is in the form of project grants offered to State public agencies, private nonprofit corporations and Indian tribes. Grants up to $500,000 are given to rural areas that had water quantity and quality problems within 2 years of filing the grant application and meet eligibility requirements of the Emergency Community Water Assistance Program.

The program has upper limit of $150,000 on the grants provided for repairs, partial replacement, or significant maintenance on an established drinking water system in any rural area.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Rural communities with population of less than $10,000, and median household income up to the statewide non-metropolitan median household income.

The grantees of Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants are public or government entities such as municipalities, counties, districts, nonprofit organizations such as associations, cooperatives, and private nonprofit corporations and Native American Indian tribes.

All water assistance projects grants must serve rural areas.

For more information on Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants contact:

Water and Environmental Programs, Rural Utilities Service,
1400 Independence Ave., SW, Stop 1548, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: (202) 690-2670