Resource Guide to Assist Rural Communities

Our colleagues at the National Environmental Services Center (West Virginia University at Morgantown) have prepared and shared the following information that you may find useful and helpful in your work with small and rural communities.  There are a number of drinking water specific references throughout the resource document.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal agencies have developed a guide outlining programs the federal government has available to support rural communities as they promote economic development and enhance the quality of life for rural residents.

The publication, Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities, is a collaborative effort among USDA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency. It ensures rural communities have access to all of the federal resources that can support their efforts to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments modernize infrastructure and provide services to residents. The guide has key information on funding and technical assistance opportunities available from the four agencies, as well as examples of how rural communities across the country have benefitted from federal resources.

A copy of the resource guide is available in the Spotlight section of the USDA Rural Development home page at:


Thanks again to our NESC colleagues for sharing this helpful information!


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