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Deadline: December 31, 2018

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program

Drinking water systems are basic and vital to both health and economic development. With dependable water 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 water facilities, the communities cannot sustain economic development.

The Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant Program has been established to assist communities with water or wastewater systems through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Qualified private non-profit organizations will receive TAT grant funds to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste disposal problems in rural areas, assist applicants in preparing applications for water and waste grants made at the State level offices, and improve operation and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas.

The intent of this program is to advise the public of the funds available to support applications emphasizing either of two priorities for technical assistance and training activities. Applications may emphasize technical assistance and training activities to: 1) Provide application assistance and project development that facilitate efforts by rural communities to access funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects, particularly those communities in smaller, lower income, and persistent poverty areas; or 2) to provide technical assistance and training to personnel to improve the management, operation, and maintenance of water and waste facilities through a national apprenticeship/workforce development program.

Amount: Up to $13,000,000 will be available.

Eligibility: Nonprofits that have the proven ability, background, experience, and capacity to provide technical assistance or training on a national, regional, or state basis in rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less, as well as Tribal lands in rural areas.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309338

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