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

Incentive Type: Grant Program
Health And Safety, Technology, Infrastructure
Eligible Sector:
Financial Incentive
Time Period:
FY 2015
Governing Body: U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
What’s it worth?: up to 100%

The Water and Waste Disposal Grants to Alleviate Health Risks on Tribal Lands and Colonias was developed to provide safe drinking water and waste disposal to low-income communities facing health risks. Eligible participant are located in federally recognized tribal lands, areas recognized as Colonias i before October 1, 1989, or rural areas and towns with fewer than 10,000 people. Eligible participants include:

  • State government entities
  • Local government entities
  • Utility districts serving Colonias i
  • Federally recognized Tribes i

Priority is given to applicants that face significant health risks from water access restrictions including access to affordable water or waste disposal.

Funds may be used to construct storm drainage and basic drinking water and waste disposal systems and to provide grants for indoor plumbing to individual households. Funds awarded do not require matching funds but are encouraged; however, participants are usually required to borrow as much as they can afford to repay and use grant funds to cover the remaining requirements of the project.  Eligible applicants can start the application process by contacting the local RD office, completing the necessary forms, and gaining required certifications. Questions should be directed to the RD office.