On June 22, 2023, USDA-Rural Development published a grant opportunity titled “Calendar Year 2022 Disaster Water Grants.” The CY 2022 Disaster Water Grants Program is designed to assist communities by awarding grant funds to qualified entities for expenses related to water infrastructure systems in designated areas that were impacted by events that occurred during CY 2022 and were recognized through Presidentially Declared Disasters. In addition to damage repairs, these grants are also intended to develop system capacity and resiliency to reduce or eliminate long-term risks from future events. Water infrastructure systems include drinking water, wastewater, solid waste, and stormwater projects serving eligible communities.
These grants can fund up to 100% of the project cost and unlike other Water and Environmental Program (WEP) funding, communities with populations up to 35,000 can apply. 32 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa had Presidentially Declared Disasters in 2022. Click here to see a comprehensive list of eligible communities by state, county, and incident. ND Presidentially Declared Disaster events in 2022 occurred during April 22 – May 25 and November 9 – 11. This link will take you to the Rural Development webpage that provides you with further information. This is an unprecedented grant opportunity.
For additional information, please contact Ranetta Starr, ND Community Programs Director, USDA-RD.