Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants in Arkansas

USDA: Rural Development (RD)

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $1,000,000

Fields of work: Sanitation & Clean Drinking Water

Applicant type: Government Entity, Indigenous Group, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Arkansas

Location of residency: Arkansas


NOTE: Applications for this program are accepted year round,  online through RD APPLY or through your local RD office.

What does this program do?

This program helps eligible communities prepare, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water.

What kind of event can qualify as an emergency? NOTE: A federal disaster declaration is not required.

  • Drought or flood
  • Earthquake
  • Tornado or hurricane
  • Disease outbreak
  • Chemical spill, leak or seepage
  • Other disasters

NOTE: A federal declaration is not required. 

How may the funds be used?

  • Water transmission line grants up to $150,000 to construct waterline extensions, repair breaks or leaks in existing water distribution lines, and address related maintenance necessary to replenish the water supply
  • Water source grants up to $1,000,000 for the construction of new wells, reservoirs, transmission lines, treatment plants, and/or other sources of water (water source up to and including the treatment plant)

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?

This program helps prevent damage or restore households and business' access to clean, reliable drinking water in eligible rural areas and towns following natural disasters. Funding can improve the natural environment and encourage manufacturers and other businesses to locate or expand operations.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Who may apply?
    • Most state and local governmental entities
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • Federally recognized tribes
    • Applicants must show that a major decline in quantity or quality of water occurred within two years of the date of the application. Grants are also awarded when a significant decline in quality and quantity of water is imminent. 
  • What is an eligible area?
  • The area to be served must also have a median household income less-than the state's median household income for non-metropolitan areas.


  • Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and nonprofit entities are encouraged

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This page was last reviewed July 12, 2023 and last updated July 12, 2023