Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants (Section 306C)

Provide water and waste disposal facilities and services to low income rural communities whose residents face significant health risks.



Agency - Department of Agriculture

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Consult local telephone directory under United States Government, Department of Agriculture, for Rural Development office number.

If no listing contact appropriate Rural Development State Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Oglala Sioux Tribe Of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation $ 1,215,000   2018-06-082020-06-08
Oglala Sioux Tribe Of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation $ 1,922,000   2018-06-082020-06-08
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe $ 248,000   2018-06-072020-06-07
Hoopa Valley Tribal Council $ 1,997,000   2018-08-092018-08-09
Lac Du Flambeau Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians $ 1,206,172   2018-08-082018-08-08
Brackettville, City Of $ 2,000,000   2018-08-082018-08-08
Yakama Nation Housing Authority $ 530,000   2018-08-082018-08-08
Mescalero Apache Tribe $ 402,668   2018-08-082018-08-08
Yomba Tribal Council Inc $ 1,734,000   2018-07-192018-07-19
Asherton, City Of $ 3,450,000   2018-06-212018-06-21



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for up to 100 percent of costs to: (1) construct, enlarge, extend, or otherwise improve a community water or waste system, including extending service lines to and/or connecting individual residences to a system; (2) allow applicant to make grants directly to individuals to extend service lines and/or connect residences plumbing to the applicantā??s system; (3) improve an individualā??s residence to allow use of water and/or waste disposal system; (4) pay reasonable charges and fees for connecting to system, installation of plumbing and related fixtures; (5) construction in dwelling for a bathroom; and, (6) pay costs for closing abandoned septic tanks and water wells.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Local level governments, Indian Tribes on Federal and State reservations, and other federally recognized Indian Tribes, U.S.

Territories and possessions, and nonprofit associations can receive assistance under this program.

Except for rural areas known as 'Colonia' along the U.S./Mexico border, the projects funded under this program must primarily provide water and/or waste disposal services to residents of a county where the per capita income of the residents is not more than 70 percent of the most recent national average per capita income, as determined by the U.S.

Department of Commerce, and unemployment rate of the residents is not less than 125 percent of the most recent national average unemployment rate, as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Also the residents must face significant health risks due to not having access to an affordable community water and/or waste disposal system.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Users of the applicant systems, which are previously described as public bodies, private nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes, and individuals.

Credentials/Documentation

Evidence of legal and organizational capacity, and economic feasibility. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applications include the criteria specified within 7 CFR 1777. This includes, but is not limited to, the requirement of applicants to file an application Form SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance, with the appropriate Rural Development (RD) Office.

Award Procedures

Applications will be reviewed and scored for funding priority by the RD State Office. Applications must compete on a national basis for available funds.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, Section 306C, 7 U.S.C. 1926(c), as amended; Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990, Title XXIII, Public Law 101-624.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Dependent upon funding and whether the application is considered complete. A determination on a complete application will be made within 15 federal working days. If complete, an eligibility and funding determination will be issued within 45 working days.

Appeals

An application determined ineligible may request a review of this decision with the National Appeals Division of USDA in accordance with USDA regulations at 7 CFR 11.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

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

Not Applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Requests for funds are granted as needed.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Required to maintain records and accounts to assure funds are used for authorized purposes.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

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, will provide an annual audit or Management Report.

Records

Required to maintain records and accounts to assure funds are used for authorized purposes.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1980-0-1-452.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $25,078,505; FY 17 est $24,000,000; and FY 18 est $24,000,000 - Native American Tribe Grants. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $32,921,156; FY 17 est $24,000,000; and FY 18 est $24,000,000 - Colonias Grants.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Colonias Grants - FY16 $355,000 to $6,883,056 Average: $2,992,832. Native American Tribe Grants - FY16 $110,000 to $3,548,000 Average: $1,319,921.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 CFR 1777.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Consult local telephone directory under United States Government, Department of Agriculture, for Rural Development office number. If no listing contact appropriate Rural Development State Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

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

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

A proposed project servicing a rural area with a population not in excess of 1,500, a median household income not in excess of 50 percent of the statewide non-metropolitan median household income, with leveraged financing, and, for Colonias funding, servicing residents with access or health risk issues in a Colonia along the U.S./Mexico border will be given priority. The Rural Development State Director will rate applications on a point system and points received will be considered in selecting projects for funding.



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