Technical Assistance and Training Grants - $17M available

The Request for Applications (RFA) for the USDA Rural Development Technical Assistance and Training Grants has been issued. Applications are due December 31, 2012.

Objectives of the Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program are 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.
  • Improve operation and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas.

NOTE: Rural areas are defined as any area not in a city or town with a population in excess of 10,000, according to the latest decennial census of the United States.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $17,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 11

Note: The grant announcement does not list a grant floor or ceiling, however the majority grants awarded in fiscal 2009 were between $80,000 and $1,000,000

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Technical Assistance and Training Grants may be used to:
Identify and evaluate solutions to water problems of associations in rural areas relating to:

  1. Source
  2. Storage
  3. Treatment
  4. Distribution

Identify and evaluate solutions to waste problems of associations in rural areas relating to:

  1. Collection
  2. Treatment
  3. Disposal

Assist associations that have filed a pre-application with the Agency in the preparation of water and/or waste loan and/or grant applications.

Provide training to association personnel that will improve the management, operation and maintenance of water and waste disposal facilities.

To pay expenses associated with providing technical assistance and/or training.

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:

  • Is operated primarily for scientific, education, service, charitable, or similar purposes in the public interest.
  • Is not organized primarily for profit.
  • Uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve, and/or expand its operations

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