U.S. Department of Agriculture: Solid Waste Management Grant Program
Solid Waste Management systems are basic and vital to both health and economic development. With dependable solid waste disposal 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 facilities, the communities cannot sustain economic development.
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) supports the sound development of rural communities and the growth of the economy without endangering the environment. RUS provides financial and technical assistance to help communities bring environmentally-sound waste disposal facilities to rural Americans in greatest need. The Solid Waste Management (SWM) grant program has been established to assist communities through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Qualified organizations will receive SWM grant funds to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas, and improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas.
The following activities are authorized under the SWM statute:
- Evaluating current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources
- Providing technical assistance and/or training to enhance operator skills in the operation and maintenance of active landfills
- Providing technical assistance and/or training to help communities reduce the solid waste stream
- Providing technical assistance and/or training for operators of landfills which are closed or will be closed in the near future with the development and implementation of closure plans, future land use plans, safety and maintenance planning, and closure scheduling within permit requirements
Amount: Approximately $4,000,000 is available to make up to 30 awards ranging up to $1,000,000 each.
Eligibility: An organization is eligible to receive a SWM grant if it:
- Is a private, non-profit organization that has tax-exempt status from the IRS
- Is a public body
- Is a Federally acknowledged or State-recognized Native American tribe or group
- Is an academic institution
- Is legally established and located within one of the following: a state within the United States; the District of Columbia; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; a United States territory
- Has the legal capacity and authority to carry out the grant purpose
- Has a proven record of successfully providing technical assistance and/or training to rural areas
- Has capitalization acceptable to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and is composed of at least 51 percent of the outstanding interest or membership being citizens of the United States or individuals who reside in the United States after being legally admitted for permanent residence
- Has no delinquent debt to the federal government or no outstanding judgments to repay a federal debt
- Demonstrates that it possesses the financial, technical, and managerial capability to comply with federal and state laws and requirements
- Contracts with a nonaffiliated organization for not more than 49 percent of the grant to provide the proposed assistance
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