Solid Waste Management (SWM) systems are basic and vital to both health and economic development. With dependable 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. RUS supports the sound development of rural communities and economic growth 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 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. Funds may be used to:
2019 grant recipients can be viewed at https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/FY19_SWMG_Recipients.pdf.
The Agency encourages applicants to consider projects that will advance the key priorities below:
Grant funds may not be used to pay any of the following:
Eligible applicants are rural areas and towns with a population of 10,000 or less. Special consideration may be given for projects serving: (1) An area with fewer than 5,500 or fewer than 2,500 people; (2) regional, multi-state or national areas; or (3) lower-income populations.
Applications were to be submitted by December 31, 2021. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.
Up to $4,000,000 is available in FY2022 for 40 awards. Individual projects may be up to $1,000,000 each. Cost sharing is not required.