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RCD Fact Sheet

Published: September 17, 2014
Rural Community Development (RCD)
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To work with regional and tribal organizations to manage safe water systems in rural communities.

Rural Community Development: Provides training and technical assistance to low-income rural communities in developing and managing affordable, safe water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Rural Community Development/Homeland Security: Provides safety and security training and technical assistance to State, regional and national infrastructure regarding water and wastewater treatment systems.


Legislative Authority:              

Section 680 (a) (3) (B) of the Community Services Block Grant Act, as amended; the Coats Human Services Reauthorization Act of1998 (P.L. 105- 285).


In FY 2014, $5.91 million

In FY 2013, $4.67 million

Eligible Applicants:                 

Multi-state, regional, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations.


Target Population:                  

Low-income individuals residing in the project's service area.


Grants are awarded for the following project costs:

  • To provide safety and security training and technical assistance;
  • To improve coordinations among Federal, state and local agencies in water waste management;
  • To improve the capacity of small and very small systems to better prepare for emergencies; and
  • To develop emergency preparedness for small water systems.


Type of Grant:                         

Competitive Discretionary Grant

Program Requirements:         

The key activity for the Homeland Security National Support grant is to provide training and technical assistance to the nation’s rural communities regarding the safety and security of small community water and wastewater systems in the case of a terrorist threat.

Program Highlights:                

In FY 2013, RCD awarded 8 grants, including two tribal entities. Awards ranged from $152,337 to $674,350. Projects have five years to complete implementation.

Program Contact:                    

Rural Community Development Program, OCS