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Water and Wastewater Predevelopment Planning Grants

Detailed information about this program is below:

Category Information About This Specific Program
Title Water and Wastewater Predevelopment Planning Grants (PPGs), Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number 10.760
Purpose This program assists low-income communities with initial planning and development of applications for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal direct loan/grant and loan guarantee programs.
Type of Assistance Grant
Eligible Applicants Educational Institutions, Indian Tribal Governments, Local Governments, Nonprofit Groups, State/Territorial Agencies, Universities
Eligible Activities Grants may be used to pay part of the costs of developing a complete application for USDA Rural Development Water & Waste Disposal direct loan/grant and loan guarantee programs. Projects must be in areas with a median household income below the poverty line or less than 80 percent of the statewide non-metropolitan median household income in rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less, on federally recognized tribal lands or Colonias.
Excluded Activities/Other Restrictions Grants may not be used to pay for work already completed.
  • For projects eligible under several programs, the amount of the pre-development or Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) grant will be subtracted from the total grant eligibility as determined in underwriting for the water or waste disposal project.
  • These grants do not have to be paid back if the application for the USDA direct loan or loan/grant combination is not successful.
  • Grants are based on demonstrated need and subject to the availability of funds.
  • Partnerships with other federal, state and local entities are encouraged, and grants are awarded only when the applicant cannot afford to borrow the needed funds.
Pre-Funding Requirements (if applicable) Not applicable
Typical Award Amount (if applicable) Maximum of $30,000 or 75 percent of predevelopment planning costs
Total Awarded Fiscal Year 2018 (if applicable) $1,112,312 for 47 PPGs to assist in preparing applications for Water and Environment (WEP) funds
Match Requirement (if applicable) At least 25 percent of project funding must come from the applicant or third-party sources. In-kind contributions do not count toward this minimum.
Solicitation Process/Timeline Contact local office.
Proposal Elements/Scoring Criteria Assistance will be directed to 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 associations served have low-income populations. The area must also have a median household income below the poverty line or less than 80 percent of the statewide non-metropolitan median household income.
Contact Information (primary contact and website or other source) Find your local office
Website Information about Successful Tribal Applicants/Projects None
Headquarters Office USDA Rural Development – Rural Utilities Service
Water and Environmental Programs
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Stop 1548
Washington, D.C. 20250