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Grants to USA Nonprofits to Manage a Loan Program to Improve Rural Community Infrastructure

Revolving Funds for Financing Water and Wastewater Projects


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development (RD)
CFDA Number: 10.864
Funding or PIN Number: RDRUS-23-RFP
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/10/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to manage loan programs to improve infrastructure in rural communities. Applicants must contact the funding source and ensure that required registrations are completed prior to applying. This program helps qualified nonprofits create revolving loan funds that can provide financing to extend and improve water and waste disposal systems in rural areas.

Eligible regions include:

  • Rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less. 
  • Tribal lands in rural areas
  • Colonias

The RFP is designed to help qualified nonprofits create revolving loan funds that can provide financing to extend and improve water and wastewater disposal systems in rural areas. Grant recipients will set up a revolving loan fund to provide loans to finance predevelopment costs of water or wastewater projects, or short-term small capital projects not part of the regular operation and maintenance of current water and wastewater systems. Capital projects should consider energy efficiency, resiliency, and water reuse technologies.

Rural Development Key Priorities: The Agency encourages applicants to consider projects that will advance the following key priorities (more details available at

  • Assisting rural communities recover economically through more and better market opportunities and through improved infrastructure;
  • Ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to Rural Development (RD) programs and benefits from RD funded projects; and
  • Reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities.

Grant funds may be used to create a revolving loan fund for eligible water and wastewater systems operated by:

  • State and local governmental entities
  • Nonprofits
  • Indian tribes on federal and state reservations and other federally recognized Indian tribes

What may the revolving loan fund be used for?

  • Pre-development costs for water and wastewater treatment projects.
  • Short-term small capital improvement projects that are not part of the regular operations and maintenance.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Nonprofits that have:
- Legal authority to operate a revolving loan fund.
- Financial, technical and managerial capacity to comply with relevant state/federal laws and regulations.

Additional Geographic Information:

- Rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less. Check eligible addresses:
- Tribal lands in rural areas
- Colonias

Pre-Application Information
RFP will start accepting applications on May 10, 2023. Completed electronic applications must be submitted through by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on June 10, 2023.

If the submission deadline falls on Saturday, Sunday, or a Federal holiday, the application is due the next business day.

NOTE: Please select your state in the dropdown menu on the Full Grant Text RFP link to find the state office contact information for this program, and speak to a program specialist before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you time in completing your application.

Anticipated Award Date: September 30, 2023

A 20 percent cost sharing or matching requirement is associated with this grant.

Each applicant must maintain an active System for Award Management (SAM) registration, with current, accurate and complete information, at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application under consideration by a Federal awarding agency, in accordance with 2 CFR part 25. In order to register in SAM, entities will be required to obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). Instructions for obtaining the UEI are available at

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
Performance Period: October 1, 2023, to September 30, 2024

Contact Information
Penny Douglas
Community Programs
Specialist, Water and Environmental Programs, RUS, USDA
(202) 253-0504

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

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