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RCD Fact Sheet FY 2013

Published: February 14, 2012
Rural Community Development (RCD)
About, Fact Sheet

Rural Community Development
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


PurposeRural Community Development Program:  To provide 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 Program: To provide safety and security training and technical assistance to State, regional and national infrastructure regarding water and wastewater treatment systems.

Uses:  Grants are awarded for project costs for

  • To provide safety and security training and technical assistance
  • To improve coordination 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 grants.

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

Appropriations: In FY 2012, $ 4.9  million.   

Authority: Section 680 (a)(3)(B) of the Community Services Block Grant Act, as amended; Coats Human Services Reauthorization Act of 1998 (P.L. 105- 285)

Program Characteristics:     

  • There were 8 grants awarded in FY 2012, including two tribal entities. Projects have five years to complete implementation.