EPA Announces Funding for Training and Technical Assistance for Small, Rural and Tribal Wastewater Improvements

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced up to $18 million in available federal funding to build the pipeline of Technical Assistance (TA) providers that can serve rural, small and Tribal municipalities through the Clean Water Act Prevention, Reduction, and Elimination of Pollution Grant Program. 

This investment delivers on President Joe Biden’s Justice40 initiative and will support TA providers to help utilities improve vital wastewater management that is essential to healthy communities. This funding will also elevate impact from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding available to small, rural and Tribal communities. 

“All communities need clean and safe water and EPA is committed to helping small, rural, and Tribal communities meet that need,” says EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox. “The agency is pursuing multiple approaches to help, including $18 million in grant funding that can be used to help unlock investments through the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”

This grant program highlights EPA’s priorities to advance equity, address climate change, and to help bridge the gap between community needs and federal funding. The EPA is seeking applications from organizations with experience delivering results-oriented technical assistance to rural, small and Tribal publicly owned wastewater systems and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. Once selected, grantees will provide technical assistance in the following areas:

  • Acquisition of financing and funding;
  • Protection of water quality and compliance assistance;
  • Tribal wastewater systems;
  • Decentralized wastewater systems; and
  • Lagoon wastewater systems. 

This action furthers the goals of Biden’s Justice40 initiative, which intends to ensure that federal agencies deliver at least 40% of benefits from certain investments, including water and wastewater infrastructure, to underserved communities. 

For more information about this program and this funding announcement, visit this page.


The Training and Technical Assistance for Rural, Small and Tribal Municipalities and Wastewater Treatment Systems for Clean Water Act Prevention, Reduction and Elimination of Pollution Grant Program was established by the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. The program aims to provide training and tools to improve small wastewater system operations and management practices, making them more sustainable and resilient, and supporting the EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment.  


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