Rural Development

Water and Waste (WWD) Grant Program

The Rural Utilities Services (RUS) administers a water and wastewater grant program to improve the quality of life and promote economic development in rural America. RUS is a new Agency created in October 1994 by the reorganization of the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program was previously administered by the Rural Development Administration and the Farmers Home Administration, which were abolished by the reorganization. At the State and local levels, the program is administered by field offices of USDA’s Rural Development mission area.


The purpose of this grant is to reduce water and waste disposal costs to a reasonable level for users of the system. Grants may be made, in some instances, up to 75 percent of eligible project costs.


To qualify, applicants must be unable to obtain the financing from other sources at rates and terms they can afford and/or their own resources. Funds can be used for construction, land acquisition, legal fees, engineering fees, capitalized interest, equipment, initial operation and maintenance costs, project contingencies, and any other cost that is determined by the Rural Development to be necessary for the completion of the project. Projects must be primarily for the benefit of rural users.

Community Facilities (CF) Grant Program

Community Facilities (CF) grants can be issued to assist the poor rural areas and towns in developing essential pubic community facilities.


Community Programs provides grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Grants are authorized on a graduated scale. Applicants located in small communities with low populations and low incomes will receive a higher percentage of grants. Applicants must have the legal authority necessary for construction, operation, and maintenance of the proposed facility and also be unable to obtain needed funds from commercial sources at reasonable rates and terms.

Fund Uses

Grant funds may be used to assist in the development of essential community facilities. Grant funds can be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services. This can include the purchase of equipment required for a facility’s operation. A grant may be made in combination with other CF financial assistance such as a direct or guaranteed loan, applicant contributions, or loans and grants from other sources.

The Community Facilities Grant Program has been used to fund projects under special initiatives, such as Native American community development efforts; child care centers linked with the Federal government’s Welfare-to-Work initiative; Federally-designated Enterprise and Champion Communities, and the Northwest Economic Adjustment Initiative area.

For more information, please visit

U.S.D.A. Rural Development Area Offices:

Chautauqua, Elk and Greenwood Counties
Area 3
202 W. Miller Road
Iola, KS 66749

All Other SCKEDD Counties
Area 4
1405 South Spencer Road
Newton, KS 67114