The Water Well Trust, the national nonprofit helping low-income Americans get access to a clean, safe water supply, has announced that it is extending the application deadline for its Arkansas project to September 30, 2020.
In 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded a $200,000 matching grant to the Water Well Trust (WWT) for a project to increase potable water availability to households in Arkansas. Fourteen rural Arkansas counties are currently eligible for the program, including Benton, Boone, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Searcy, Sebastian, Union, and Washington.
The USDA grant monies will provide long-term, low-interest loans to applicants seeking new or improved water wells in the fourteen-county area.
To be eligible to receive a WWT loan, applicants must be the owner and occupant of the home as their primary residence. In addition, the applicant’s household income must not exceed 100% of the median non-metropolitan household income for the state in which the applicant resides. The 2019 median non-metropolitan household income for Arkansas is $52,100. The income criteria apply to both the applicant and all other occupants of the home. The home can not have access to a public water supply.
Prospective applicants can download the application form and instruction letter from the Water Well Trust website, fill out the application online, or request an application be mailed to you by calling 202-625-4383.