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Rural Decentralized Water Systems Grant Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.862
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Jul 19, 2021

Funds from the Rural Decentralized Water Systems Grant program are directed to qualified nonprofit organizations and tribes for lending programs to extend access to clean, reliable water and septic systems to existing households in eligible rural areas.

Loans can be made in amounts up to $15,000, and can be be used to construct, refurbish, or service individually-owned household water well or decentralized wastewater systems.


Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations and tribes that have:

  • Expertise and experience promoting the safe, productive use of individually owned household water wells systems
  • Legal authority to act as a lender
  • Sufficient expertise and experience in lending activities
  • Financial, technical, and managerial capacity to comply with relevant federal and state laws and regulations

Eligible areas include:

  • Rural areas with populations of 50,000 or less
  • Tribal lands in rural areas
  • Colonias
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Total funding available: $10,044,020
Expected number of awards: 10

A 10% cash match is required.

Application process

Choose the appropriate state in the drop down menu above the tabs of the funding description on the program website. This will open the state specific page. Tabs at the top of the page will show general program information, forms and resources, and state specific contact information.

A link to the application instructions is available on the related documents tab on

Submit completed applications online through or mail completed applications to:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rural Development
Rural Utilities Service
Water Programs Division
STOP 1570, Room 2234-S
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-1570

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Capital funding · Infrastructure

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