RCAP Receives Federal Awards to Expand Assistance to Rural Communities Nationwide

November 14, 2018 | EPA, Funding, General RCAP News, Press Releases, USDA

Washington, DC (November 14, 2018) – TheRural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) is pleased to announce that ithas received multiple grants from across federal and philanthropic programs tocontinue its work helping rural communities develop and expand technical capacity throughoutall fifty states, U.S. territories, and tribal lands.

RCAP received closeto $17 million in total from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water& Environmental Programs (WEP) Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) GrantProgram to fund five programs, including grants for the RCAP TechnitrainProgram, Tribal Technitrain and Colonias Technitrain programs. Theseprograms provide on-site technical assistance and training to help thousands ofrural water and wastewater systems achieve financial sustainability, increasemanagerial capacity, comply with federal and state regulations, improveenvironmental and public health, and improve coordination among communities. Inaddition, through its national Solid Waste Management Program, RCAP willprovide technical assistance and training to help communities reduce oreliminate water resource pollution and to improve the planning and managementof solid waste sites.

Additionally, RCAP was selected to complete a comprehensive National Water-Wastewater Infrastructure Application and Development Assistance Project in partnership with USDA. This project will help rural communities increase their ability to successfully apply for USDA Rural Development water/wastewater infrastructure loans and grants by providing training workshops and on-site application and development assistance.

RCAP and its partners are pleased to begin work on the National WealthWorks Technical Assistance Program, funded by the USDA Rural Development Innovation Center’s Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI) initiative. RCAP received this award to assist rural communities develop and implement economic development plans in rural communities throughout the United States.

RCAP has also entered into three technical assistance and training cooperative agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Office of Ground Water & Drinking Water (OGWDW), awarding more than $13.5 million over three years to RCAP. The first agreement allows RCAP to help communities achieve compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The second agreement tasks RCAP to provide trainings and direct assistance to waste water systems, helping them comply with the Clean Water Act (CWA). The third US EPA agreement will enable RCAP to help private well owners assess the quality of their water and understand key well-management practices.

RCAP also has announced they will be working with Spring Point Partners, a social impact investor that is helping to fund some of RCAP’s efforts to help small, rural water and wastewater systems partner for sustainable future operations, or regionalize. RCAP’s partnership with Spring Point Partners commits $1.9 million over three years to provide regionalization on-site technical assistance. RCAP to will also produce and offer policymakers and communities research, case studies, and events to increase understanding of the regionalization process, paths to partnership and options available to small systems.

View RCAP’s award video release for additional information. (https://www.rcap.org/resource/rcap-receives-federal-awards-to-expand-assistance-to-rural-communities/)

RCAP is a national non-profit network providing opportunity, assistance, and practical guidance to small communities in all fifty states, U.S. territories, and tribal lands to ensure access to safe drinking water, sanitary wastewater disposal, and economic prosperity for all rural America. To learn more about RCAP, visit www.rcap.org.

Media Contact: Spenser Wempe

Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Inc.