The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for loans and grants to build rural water infrastructure. Applications may be completed online through RDAPPLY, a new electronic filing system, and at state and local Rural Development offices.
Public entities such as counties, townships, and communities, as well as non-profit organizations and tribal communities with a population of 10,000 or less are eligible to apply. USDA Rural Development says interest rates for this program are at historically low levels, ranging from 2 percent to 3.25 percent. Loan terms can be up to 40 years.
Since 2009, USDA has helped provide improved water and wastewater services to nearly 18 million rural residents by investing $12.3 billion in 5,174 projects. For more information about the USDA Rural Development’s loan and grant programs, click here.