The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), herein referred to as RUS or the Agency, announces its Rural Decentralized Water System (DWS) Grant Program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021.
The DWS Grant Program has been established to help individuals with low to moderate incomes finance the costs of household water wells and individually owned decentralized wastewater systems that they own or will own.
Grant funds must be used to establish and maintain a revolving fund to provide loans and sub-grants to eligible individuals for individually owned water well systems and/or individually owned wastewater systems.
Individual households may use the loan and/or sub-grant funds to construct, refurbish, rehabilitate, or replace decentralized water systems up to the point of entry to a home.
- The amount of funding available is approximately $9.6 million
- Anticipated Number of Awards: 10
- Length of Project Periods: 12-month project
- An organization is eligible to receive a DWS grant if it:
- Has an active registration with current information in the System for Award Management (SAM) and has a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.
- Is a private, non-profit organization.
- 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, or
- A United States territory.
- Has the legal capacity and authority to carry out the grant purpose.
- Has sufficient expertise and experience in lending activities.
- Has sufficient expertise and experience in promoting the safe and productive use of individually-owned household water wells or decentralized wastewater systems.
- Has no delinquent debt to the Federal government or no outstanding judgments to repay a Federal debt.
- Demonstrates that it possesses the financial, technical, and managerial capability to comply with Federal and State laws and requirements, and
- Is not a corporation that has been convicted of a felony (or had an officer or agent acting on behalf of the corporation convicted of a felony) within the past 24 months.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334025