SEARCH – Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households – Funding for Rural Water and Waste Disposal Projects

Funding Agency:
USDA – United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development



What does this program do?

This program helps very small, financially distressed rural communities with predevelopment feasibility studies, design and technical assistance on proposed water and waste disposal projects.

Who may apply?

Most state and local governmental entities
Federally recognized tribes

What is an eligible area?

Areas to be served must be rural and financially distressed:
Rural areas with a population of 2,500 or less
Have a median household income below the poverty line or less than 80 percent of the statewide non-metropolitan median household income based on latest Census data

How may the funds be used?

To pay predevelopment planning costs, including:

Feasibility studies to support applications for funding water or waste disposal projects
Preliminary design and engineering analysis
Technical assistance for the development of an application for financial assistance

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