Solid Waste Management Grant Program

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

Drinking water systems are basic and vital to both health and economic development. With dependable water facilities, rural communities can attract families and businesses that will invest in the community and improve the quality of life for all residents. Without dependable water facilities, the communities cannot sustain economic development. 

RUS supports the sound development of rural communities and the growth of our economy without endangering the environment. RUS provides financial and technical assistance to help communities bring safe drinking water and sanitary, environmentally sound waste disposal facilities to rural Americans in greatest need. 

The Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant Program has been established to assist communities with water or wastewater systems through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Qualified private non-profit organizations will receive TAT grant funds to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste disposal problems in rural areas, assist applicants in preparing applications for water and waste grants made at the State level offices, and improve operation and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas. 

Application window is open from October 1 - December 31 each year.

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Most state and local governmental entities
  • Nonprofits
  • Federally recognized tribes
  • Academic institutions

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

December 31, 2023