Rural Decentralized Water System Grant Program

The DWS Grant Program has been established to help individuals with low to moderate incomes finance the costs of household water wells and individually owned decentralized wastewater systems that they own or will own.

Grant funds must be used to establish and maintain a revolving fund to provide

loans and sub-grants to eligible individuals for individually owned water well systems and/or individually owned wastewater systems.

Individual households may use the loan and/or sub-grant funds to construct, refurbish, rehabilitate, or replace decentralized water systems up to the point of entry to a home.

Point of entry for the well system is the junction where water enters into a home water delivery system after being pumped from a well.

For septic systems, in lie of the point of entry, the point of exit is substituted.

The point of exit is the junction where wastewater exits out of the home wastewater collection system into the septic tank and drain field.

Grant funds may be used to pay administrative expenses associated with providing DWS loans and/or sub-grants.
Related Programs

Household Water Well System Grant Program

Department of Agriculture

Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: Utilities Programs

Estimated Funding: $10,044,020

Who's Eligible

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

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An organization is eligible to receive a DWS grant if it: i.

has an active registration with current information in the System for Award Management (SAM) and has a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number; ii.

is a private, non-profit organization; iii.

is legally established and located within one of the following: (1) a state within the United States; (2) the District of Columbia; (3) the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or (4) a United States territory; has the legal capacity and authority to carry out the grant purpose; has sufficient expertise and experience in lending activities; has sufficient expertise and experience in promoting the safe and productive use of individually-owned household water wells or decentralized wastewater systems; 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, and 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.


An individual is ineligible to receive a DWS grant.

however, an individual may receive a loan or sub-grant from an organization receiving a grant award.

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