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Grants to USA Consortia of IHEs, Health and Research Institutes, and Economic Development Entities to Address Regional Sewage Issues

Technical Assistance and Construction for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions (TAC-RWTS) Grant Pilot Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development (RD)
Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
CFDA Number: 10.761
Funding or PIN Number: TAT-RWTS-PILOT
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/31/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories consortia composed of IHEs, health and research institutes, and economic development entities to address regional sewage issues. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several business days to complete. Consortiums must include a regional university or the proposed scope of work must include coordination with a regional university.

Grants may be made to eligible entities for the study, design, or construction of regional wastewater systems for historically impoverished communities that have had difficulty installing traditional wastewater treatment systems due to soil conditions.

The area to be served must be: historically impoverished  (meeting persistent poverty guidelines, which according to Section 740 of the General Provisions of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, Public Law 116-94, dated December 20, 2019, is any county that has had 20 percent or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses, and 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-year average.);  and rural. Rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less – check eligible addresses; Tribal lands in rural areas.

Funds may be used:

  • To identify and evaluate economically feasible innovative regional solutions to wastewater treatment concerns for historically impoverished rural communities in areas which have had difficulty installing traditional wastewater treatment systems due to soil conditions; To provide wastewater related technical assistance, including such services as developing needs assessments, testing wastewater options, preliminary design assistance, developing regulatory guidance, and submitting applications for financial assistance. Additionally, the grant funds may be used to construct the identified solutions, including eligible associated costs.

This program helps small communities extend and improve waste treatment facilities for households and businesses. Good practices can save tax dollars, improve the natural environment and may be necessary for manufacturers and other types of businesses to locate or expand operations. 

The focus of this grant is raw sewage discharge in rural communities in the Mid-South, particularly historically impoverished communities that have had difficulty utilizing USDA programs. These communities face unique challenges, both due to income level and soil type. Emphasis should be placed on promoting racial equity of service in rural communities and ensuring access to communities suffering from systemic racism and other forms of discrimination. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Consortia of regional institutions of higher education, academic health and research institute, or economic development entities located in the service area that have experience in addressing these issues in the region. The consortium must include a regional university, or the proposed scope of work must include coordinating with a regional university, to solve untreated raw sewage issues with innovative technologies and strategic management and regulatory models.

An applicant is eligible to apply for the TAC-RWTS grant, on behalf of the consortium if it:
1) Represents a consortium (as defined in the definitions section of the NOFO);
2) Is legally established and located within one of the following:
(a) A state within the United States;
(b) The District of Columbia;
(c) The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; or
(d) A United States territory;
3) Has the legal capacity and authority to carry out the grant purpose;
4) Has no delinquent debt to the federal government or no outstanding judgments to repay a federal debt;
5) Demonstrates that it possesses the financial, technical, and managerial capability to comply with federal and state laws and requirements. For construction projects whereby ownership is retained by the applicant or consortium, the application must demonstrate the capacity to own, operate, and maintain the facility; and,
6) Is not a corporation that has been convicted of a felony (or had an officer or agent acting on behalf of the corporation convicted of a felony) within the past 24 months. Any corporation that has any unpaid federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability is not eligible.

Pre-Application Information
The FY 2023 application window opens on May 30, 2023. To be considered for FY 2023 funding, your application must be time-stamped electronically on no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the filing deadline July 31, 2023.

NOTE: If a receipt date falls on a weekend or a federal holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next business day.

You are required to get a Unique Entity ID (UEI) and maintain active registration in the U.S. Government’s System for Award Management (SAM) database, available at this link: Your registration must be renewed and revalidated every 12 months for as long as you have an active loan, guaranteed loan, or grant with USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service.

If you have any questions, contact the WEP staff early in your application process.

This is a reimbursement grant.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Expected Number of Awards: 2

Term of Contract
The project period for these grants is not in excess of one calendar year for technical assistance based projects and four calendar years for construction based projects from the start of the period of performance.

Contact Information
Direct questions to:
Christina Cerio
Grant Manager

Rural Utilities Service Contacts
Administrator's Office
Call: (202)720-9540
Address: USDA Rural Development
Rural Utilities Service
STOP 1510, Rm 4121-S
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-1510

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