Tuesday, March 17, 2020

USDA opens applications for rural water well system grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it's accepting Fiscal Year 2020 applications for grants to build, fix or improve household water well systems.

The Household Water Well System Grants program doesn't provide funding to individual households. Instead, qualified non-profit organizations can use the funds to create a revolving loan fund; individual well owners who might otherwise be unable to qualify for a loan can then take out a low-interest loan from the non-profit. The non-profit or a third-party donor must contribute at least 10 percent in matching funds for the grant.

Eligible areas are: tribal lands in rural areas, rural areas with a population of 50,000 or under, and colonias. Applications are due by May 31. Click here for more information or to apply.

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