Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG)

USDA - Rural Development

Eligible Entities
Type of Fund
Typical Support
Up to $1,000,000
Application Deadline
Prior to September Each Year. Apply early in fiscal year.

The ECWAG grant can be applied for to aid communities that have experienced a significant decline in water quantity or quality from their sources due to a natural disaster or other emergency event such as: drought, flood, fire, earthquake, disease outbreak, chemical or leakage spill.  70% or more of funding is to be used for work at the source, 30% can be used in piping.  A Preliminary Engineering Report (PER), and Environmental Report are required with the application.

Funds are available to towns with populations of 10,000 or less or tribal lands in rural areas. Median Household Income must be less than the state median household income.  

Last Updated: July 17, 2020

Program Categories

Distribution | Drinking Water | Source (wells/springs) | Water Resources