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Water and Waste Disposal Grants to Alleviate Health Risks on Tribal Lands and Colonias

U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

USDA Rural Development provides grants for water and waste disposal facilities and services on federally-recognized tribal lands, colonias, and rural areas that face significant health risks due to a lack of access to adequate, affordable water or waste disposal.

Funds may be used for construction of basic drinking water and waste disposal systems, including storm drainage. Utility districts may also be able to provide grants to individual households to install indoor plumbing and connect to the system.


Eligible applicants include:

  • State and local governmental entities serving eligible areas
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Utility districts serving colonias
  • Federally recognized tribes

Eligible areas include:

  • Federally recognized tribal lands
  • Areas recognized as Colonias before October 1, 1989
  • Rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less

Eligible areas not located in a colonia, must also meet per capita income and unemployment rate requirements for this program.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Grant amounts are based on need.

Matching funds are encouraged, but a 100% grant may be offered in some circumstances.

Application process

Select the appropriate state from the drop down menu on the program website. That will load state specific application and contact information.

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Environmental health · Infrastructure · Public health · U.S.-Mexico Border Region

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