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

Deadline: January 2, 2018

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.

Grant funds must be used to capitalize a TAT program for the purpose of:

  1. Identifying and evaluating solutions to water problems of associations in rural areas relating to source, storage, treatment, or distribution
  2. Identifying and evaluating solutions to waste problems of associations in rural areas relating to collection, treatment, or disposal
  3. Assisting associations in the preparation of water and/or waste loan and/or grant applications
  4. Providing technical assistance and/or training to association personnel that will improve the management, operation, and maintenance of water and waste disposal facilities
  5. Paying expenses associated with providing technical assistance and/or training authorized in (1) – (4)

Amount: A total of $20,000,000 is available. Individual award amounts are not available.

Eligibility: An organization is eligible if it:

  • Is a private, nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Is legally established and located within one of the following: a state within the U.S., the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a U.S. 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 appropriate capitalization and is composed of at least 51 percent of the outstanding interest or membership being citizens of the U.S. or individuals who reside in the U.S. 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

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=297811

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