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Solid Waste Management (SWM) Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs
to Improve Solid Waste Systems in Rural Areas

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development

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Deadline Date:

12/31/19 Receipt by Close of Business; or Postmarked by Midnight EST


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and academic institutions to eliminate or reduce water pollution in qualifying rural areas. Funding is intended to support training and technical assistance to improve the management and planning of solid waste sites.

Solid Waste Management systems are basic and vital to both health and economic development. With dependable  solid waste disposal facilities, rural communities can attract families and businesses that will invest in the community and improve the quality of life for all residents. Without dependable facilities, the communities cannot sustain economic development.

RUS supports the sound development of rural communities and the growth of the economy without endangering the environment. RUS provides financial and technical assistance to help communities bring environmentally sound waste disposal facilities to rural Americans in greatest need.

The SWM grant program has been established to assist communities through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Qualified organizations will receive SWM grant funds to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas, and improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. 

Grant funds must be used to capitalize a SWM program for the purpose of:

a. Evaluating current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources.

b. Providing technical assistance and/or training to enhance operator skills in the operation and maintenance of active landfills.

c. Providing technical assistance and/or training to help communities reduce the solid waste stream.

d. Providing technical assistance and/or training for operators of landfills which are closed or will be closed in the near future with the development and implementation of closure plans, future land use plans, safety and maintenance planning, and closure scheduling within permit requirements.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162946

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 30

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Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period begins October 1 of each year and ends September 30 of the following year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization is eligible to receive a SWM grant if it:
a. Is a private, non-profit organization that has tax-exempt status from the IRS;
b. Is a public body;
c. Is a Federally acknowledged or State-recognized Native American tribe or group;
d. Is an academic institution;
e. Is legally established and located within one of the following:
- A state within the United States
- The District of Columbia
- The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- A United States territory
f. Has the legal capacity and authority to carry out the grant purpose;
g. Has a proven record of successfully providing technical assistance and/or training to rural areas;
h. Has capitalization acceptable to the Agency, and is composed of at least 51 percent of the outstanding interest or membership being citizens of the United States or individuals who reside in the United States after being legally admitted for permanent residence;
i. Has no delinquent debt to the federal government or no outstanding judgments to repay a federal debt;
j. Demonstrates that it possesses the financial, technical, and managerial capability to comply with federal and state laws and requirements.
k. Contracts with a nonaffiliated organization for not more than 49 percent of the grant to provide the proposed assistance.

For ineligible grant purposes, see the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications that are mailed must be postmarked by the filing deadline of 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) December 31, 2019.

You may file an application in either electronic or paper format. File an application electronically through Send or deliver paper applications by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) or courier delivery services to the RUS receipt point.

Whether you file a paper or an electronic application, you will need a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. You must provide your DUNS number on the SF-424, “Application for Federal Assistance.”

If your grant application will service only one state, please forward your application to your local USDA Rural Development Office.

Matching funds are not required for this grant, however, applicant and in-kind contributions are recommended.

You must be registered with before you can submit a grant application. If you have not used before, you will need to register with the System for Award Management (SAM). You will need a D&B DUNS number to access or register at any of the services. The registration processes may take several business days to complete.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

You may register for SAM online at

To verify that your organization has a DUNS number or to receive one at no cost, call the dedicated toll-free request line at 1.866.705.5711 or access the website

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

National Office Contact:
Penny Douglas, Community Programs Specialist
(202) 253-0504

Submit applications to your local RD office:

Multi-state applications may be submitted to:
Assistant Administrator
Water and Environmental Programs Rural Development
Rural Utilities Service
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
STOP 1548, Room 5145
South Washington, DC 20250-1548

The staff will answer your questions about the application process and program requirements.
Telephone: 202.720.9635
Fax: 202.690.0649

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