Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds may be used to pay expenses associated with providing technical assistance and/or training (TAT) 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; assist applicants that have filed a application with RUS in the preparation of water and/or waste disposal loan and/or grant applications; and to provide training that will improve the management, operation and maintenance of water and waste disposal facilities.
Grant funds may not be used to recruit applications, duplicate current services such as those performed by a consultant in developing a project, fund political activities, pay for capital assets, purchase real estate or vehicles, improve and renovate office space or repair and maintain privately owned property, pay construction or O&M costs, and pay costs incurred prior to the effective date of grants made.
Eligible entities must be private nonprofit organizations.
Applicants must have proven ability, background, experience, legal authority and actual capacity to provide technical assistance and/or training on a regional basis to associations.
Entities that may be eligible for water and waste disposal loans and grants (10.760) such as municipalities, counties, districts, authorities, and other political subdivisions of a State, organizations operated on a not-for-profit basis, such as associations, cooperatives, or private corporations, Indian tribes on Federal and State reservations and other federally recognized Indian tribes.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
Aplication and Award Process
Standard application forms as furnished by RUS must be used for this program.
An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. OMB Circular A-110 applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular A-122. An �Application for Federal Assistance,� Form SF 424, will be filed with the appropriate Rural Development (RD) State Office or the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) National Office between October 1 and December 31 each fiscal year.
Applications received by an RD State Office will be reviewed and forwarded with any written comments within seven working days to the RUS approval official.
Oct 01, 2011 to Dec 31, 2011
Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, as amended, Sections 306(a)(16)(A), Public Law 99-198, 7 U.S.C. 1926(a).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 30 to 60 days. Applicants normally will be notified of funding eligibility within 45 days after December 31. The RD State Office or RUS National Office will provide instructions and additional forms to eligible applicants to continue processing the application for approval.
If an application is rejected, the reasons for rejection are fully stated. The applicant may request a review of this decision with the National Appeals Division of USDA in accordance with USDA regulations at 7 CFR 11.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
A time limitation is not specified, however, priority will be given to applicants whose time frame for completion of the technical assistance and/or training grant project is 12 months or less. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Post Assistance Requirements
All grantees will submit quarterly reports to the RUS National Office through the appropriate RD State Office.
Cash reports are not applicable.
Progress reports are not applicable.
Expenditure reports are not applicable.
Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements, Subpart F, Audit Requirements (Revised, December 26, 2013)nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Subpart F. Annual audit or Management Report
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the grant must be retained for a period of at least three years after closing.
(Project Grants) FY 16 $20,118,511; FY 17 est $20,000,000; and FY 18 est $20,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$66,361 to $9,100,000. Average: $1,005,926.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
7 CFR, Part 1775, Technical Assistance and Training Grants.
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Consult your local telephone directory for RD district office number. If no listing, get in touch with the appropriate RD State Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Assistant Administrator, Water and Environmental Programs, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Stop 1548, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: (202) 690-2670.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Assistance will be directed to those applicants who: (1) have demonstrated ability to provide technical assistance and/or training to rural associations; (2) propose to serve multi-state, regional, or nationwide areas; (3) maximize use of grant funds for direct staffing of activities that are delivered to the associations; and (4) the population of the associations served have low income.
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