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Uses and Use Restrictions
Grant funds will be used by eligible entities to establish and maintain a revolving loan fund to provide loans to eligible individuals to construct, refurbish, and service individually-owned household water well systems.
Eligible individuals must own or will own the household water well systems.
Loans will be made at a fixed rate of one-percent with a twenty year term.
The maximum amount per loan is $11,000.
Funds may be used to pay administrative expenses associated with providing the loans.
Grant funds may not be used to pay (1) administrative expenses exceeding 10 percent of the loans made during the calendar year; (2) administrative expenses incurred before the Rural Utilities Service executes a grant agreement; (3) delinquent debt owed to the Federal Government.
An applicant must be a private organization, organized as a non-profit corporation.
The applicant must have the legal capacity and authority to perform the obligations of the grant.
The applicant must have sufficient expertise and experience in lending activities and promoting the safe and productive use of individually-owned household water well systems and ground water.
An individual in a household in which the combined income of all household members (for the most recent 12 months) does not exceed 100 percent of the median non-metropolitan household income for the State or territory in which the individual resides.
Evidence of legal capacity, economic feasibility, ability to administer and service a revolving loan fund, commitment and sources of financial resources the organization controls. 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.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-122 applies to this program. The Water and Environmental Programs of the USDA Rural Utilities Service administers the program. Applications include the criteria specified within 7 CFR 1776. This includes, but is not limited to, the requirement to submit an application Form SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance, to the National Office in Washington, DC.
The Water and Environmental Programs staff in Washington, DC, will review and process the application. Following completion of application processing requirements and grant approval, funds are made available to the applicant.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, as amended, Section 306E, Public Law 107-171, 7 U.S.C. 1926e.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Dependent upon funding availability and the completeness of the application. From 60 to 120 days following the submission deadline.
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.
From 30 to 60 days.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. Applicants must provide funds from sources other than the HWWS grant. The required match must be at least 10 percent of the HWWS grant. 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 grant project is 12 months or less. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds will be awarded when all RUS requirements are met and the project can be completed on a timely basis.
Post Assistance Requirements
All grantees will submit quarterly performance activity reports and financial reports to RUS until the project is complete and the funds are expended.
Cash reports are not applicable.
Periodic reports are to be made to the RUS servicing official.
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
Records and accounts are required to reflect the project operations.
(Project Grants) FY 16 $1,192,081; FY 17 est $993,000; and FY 18 est $993,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$75,000 to $350,000. Avg. $198680.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
7 CFR 1776, Household Water Well System Grant Program
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Consult local telephone directory under United States Government, Department of Agriculture, for Rural Development office number. If no listing, get in touch with the appropriate Rural Development State Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Assistant Administrator, Water and Environmental 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
RUS assistance for grant projects will be directed toward truly rural areas and rural communities. Considerations for available funds emphasize such criteria as population, low income, unemployment; health and sanitary problems. RUS financed facilities will not be inconsistent with any development plans of the State, multi-jurisdictional area, county, or municipality in which the proposed project is located.