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including technical assistance in economic and community development, feasibility studies, research, market development, loan packaging, conducting workshops and seminars in the area of business and economic development, and developing and providing access to computer technology and website development to the targeted population and communities. CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Each application will be evaluated in a two-part process. First, each application will be screened to ensure that it meets the administrative requirements as set forth in a Notice of Request for Proposals. Second, a number of expert reviewers will conduct a merit review based on the "Evaluation Criteria and Weights" section of the Notice of Request for Proposals as published in the Federal Register.

10.857 STATE BULK FUEL REVOLVING FUND GRANTS

(RUS)

FEDERAL AGENCY:

RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AUTHORIZATION:

Rural Electrification Act of 1936, as amended, Title I, Section 19, Public Law 106-472, 114 Stat. 2058, 7 U.S.C. 918a.

OBJECTIVES:

To provide grants to State entities for revolving funds to promote more cost-effective fuel purchases for communities where fuel cannot be shipped by surface transportation.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.

USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Funds must be used to establish and support a revolving fund to provide a more cost-effective means of purchasing fuel where fuel cannot be shipped by means of surface transportation. Not more than 4 percent of the funds made available under the grant may be used for planning and administrative expenses.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:

Applicants are limited to State entities and to entities of any Territory. possession or other area authorized to receive the services and programs of the Rural Utilities Service or the Rural Electrification Act, as amended. Entities must be in existence as of November 9, 2000.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Assistance must be used to improve the cost-effectiveness of fuel purchasing for communities that are dependent on fuel deliveries by water or air.

Credentials/Documentation:

None.

APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Preapplication Coordination:

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure:

Grant applications are accepted in response to a Notice of Funding Availability published in the Federal Register. Requirements for applications are described in the Federal Register notice and may be requested from the Agency. Eligible entities should provide expressions of interest in applying for grants to the Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. Award Procedure:

Grants are awarded competitively.

Deadlines:

Deadlines will be announced in Notice of Funding Availability published in the Federal Register. Applications will be accepted during the announced application window and awarded at the close of the window.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:

Grant approvals will generally be made within 60 days of the application closing date.

Appeals:

Applicants may appeal rejections of ineligible applications to the Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service under procedures in program regulations at 7 CFR Part 1709.

Renewals:

Not applicable.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS: Formula and Matching Requirements: None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Grant agreements will run for a period of three years. Extensions may be granted. Funds will be disbursed on request of the Grantee.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:

Grantee will be required to provide periodic financial and performance

reports.

Audits:

Grantee will be required to report in accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations."

Records:

Records must be kept as required under USDA and State regulations. FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:

12-0400-0-1-452.

Obligations:

(Grants) FY 05 $0.35; FY 06 $0; FY 07 $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Two grants: $350,000 in FY 2005; grant of $5,000,000 in FY 2001. PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Grant allowed expansion of existing State revolving fund program to fully fund requests for assistance to secure adequate winter fuel supplies. Grantee reports that 60 remote communities benefitted from lower fuel costs through bulk purchase discounts and lower finance costs. REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

7 CFR part 1709.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:

None.

Headquarters Office:

Assistant Administrator, Electric Program Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250-1560. Telephone: (202) 720-9540. Use the same number for FTS. Web Site Address:

http://www.usda.gov/rus/electric/hecgp/index.htm

RELATED PROGRAMS:

10.850, Rural Electrification Loans and Loan Guarantees; 10.854, Rural Economic Development Loans and Grants.

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Expansion of state revolving loan fund for fuel purchases for isolated small rural communities; creation of State emergency loan fund to acquire fuel on behalf of financially distressed communities.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Proposals are selected competitively based on total scores received on evaluation criteria in grant announcement.

10.858 RUS DENALI COMMISSION GRANTS AND LOANS (RUS)

FEDERAL AGENCY:

RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AUTHORIZATION:

Rural Electrification Act of 1936, as amended, Title I, Section 19, Public Law 106-472, 114 Stat. 2058, 7 U.S.C. 918a. OBJECTIVES:

Grants and loans to the Denali Commission for the benefit of rural communities in Alaska with extremely high household energy costs exceeding 275 percent of the national average.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants; Direct Loans.

USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Funds must be used for energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving rural communities where average residential energy expenditures are at least 275 percent of the national average. Grant must be in coordination with State rural development initiatives. Planning and administrative expenses must not exceed 4 percent of the grant amount. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:

The Denali Commission, a Federal Agency is the only eligible applicant. Beneficiary Eligibility:

Beneficiaries are residents of rural communities in Alaska with extremely high energy costs. Eligible beneficiary communities must apply for

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three years. Extensions may be granted. Advances and reimbursements will be disbursed over the term of the grant on request of the grantee. POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:

Grant recipients will be required to file periodic financial and performance reports specified in the grant agreement and program regulations. Audits:

Recipient will be required to report in accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," as applicable, and as provided in the grant agreement and program regulations.

Records:

Grantee must maintain records in accordance with requirements of programregulations and the grant agreement.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:

12-0400-0-1-452.

Obligations:

FY 05 $5,118,387; FY 06 est $27,200,000; and FY 07 est $15,000,000. Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Minimum award is $75,000 and maximum is $5,000,000. Individual grant awards have ranged from approximately $175,000 to $3.775,000. PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In FY 2004, 59 applications were received and 6 projects totaling $11,219,823 were funded. In FY 2005 it is expected that 60 applications will be submitted and that 12 to 15 projects will be funded. REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

7 CFR part 1709.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:

None.

Headquarters Office:

Assistant Administrator, Electric Program, Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250-1560. Telephone: (202) 720-9545. Use the same number for FTS. Web Site Address:

http://www.usda.gov/rus/electric/hecgp/index.htm

RELATED PROGRAMS:

10.850, Rural Electrification Loans and Loan Guarantees; 10.854, Rural Economic Development Loans and Grants.

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

A total of 15 grant projects are currently active and include electric generation, transmission, and distribution upgrades and replacements, energy efficiency improvements, and on-grid and off-grid renewable energy systems. The projects benefit local consumers by preserving reliable service and reducing or limiting rate increases.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Grant applications will be ranked competitively based on published evaluation criteria. All projects must serve rural communities with extremely high energy costs.

10.860 RURAL BUSINESS INVESTMENT PROGRAM FEDERAL AGENCY:

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AUTHORIZATION:

The Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, as amended, Subtitle H, 7 U.S.C. 2009cc et seq.

OBJECTIVES:

To promote economic development and create wealth and job opportunities among individuals living in rural areas and help to meet the equity capital investment needs primarily of smaller enterprises located in such areas.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Guaranteed/Insured Loans; Project Grants.

USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

USDA licenses newly formed for-profit entities as Rural Business Investment Company's (RBIC)s and provides financial assistance in the form of debenture guarantees to such RBICs to fund their rural area investment activities. Recipients use funds from the guaranteed debentures to make equity capital investments mostly in smaller enterprises located primarily in rural areas. Additionally, USDA awards Operational Assistance grants to RBICs for the recipient to provide operational and technical assistance to the enterprises in which the RBIC invests. Debentures issued

by the RBIC and guaranteed by USDA are for a term not to exceed 10 years.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:

An applicant is eligible to apply for an RBIC license if it meets the criteria in Subpart C of 7 CFR part 4290, which include but are not limited to: (1) the company is a newly formed for-profit entity or a newly formed forprofit subsidiary of such an entity; (2) the company has a qualified management team with experience in community development financing or relevant venture capital financing; and (3) the company will invest in enterprises that will create wealth and job opportunities in rural areas, with an emphasis on smaller enterprises.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Individual businesses or enterprises must satisfy established criteria, including but not limited to being: (A) a public, private, or cooperative forprofit or nonprofit organization; (B) a for-profit or nonprofit business controlled by an Indian tribe on a Federal or State reservation or other federally recognized Indian tribal group; or (C) any other person or entity; that primarily operates in a rural area, as determined by the Secretary. Credentials/Documentation:

Evidence of legal capacity, economic feasibility and financial responsibility relative to the activity for which assistance is requested. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Preapplication Coordination:

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Application Procedure:

Applicants may submit applications only after USDA publishes a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) in the Federal Register and invites applications. Applicants must submit applications by the deadline specified in the NOFA. Application information and associated forms are available from the SBA Investment Division.

Award Procedure:

Applicants for RBIC designation will be selected for approval as an RBIC. Selected applicants then will have a certain period of time, specified by USDA but no more than 2 years, to raise its private capital. Those selected applicants that raise such resources by the applicable deadline and that meet other conditions established by USDA will receive a license to operate as an RBIC, which will include an operational assistance grant and a commitment of leverage in the form of debenture guarantees.

Deadlines:

Application deadlines will be set forth in a NOFA published in the Federal Register.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:

SBA, on behalf of USDA, may take an average of 120 days to consider and approve/disapprove applications.

Appeals:

Applicant(s) have the right to request review by USDA's National Appeals Division, per 7 CFR 4290.1940(i).

Renewals:

Not applicable.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:
Formula and Matching Requirements:

Applicants for a RBIC license must raise a minimum amount of private equity capital and must obtain debenture leverage (in the amount of 200 percent of its private capital) through the RBIP, to fund their investment activities. Under the current NOFA, USDA requires $10,000,000 in private equity capital and will not be granting exceptions to this requirement, pursuant to 7 CFR 4290.210(b), under this funding opportunity.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

RBICs must issue any Debentures subject to USDA guarantee within five years of licensing as an RBIC. Project grant funds will be available for a time period not to exceed 5 years after award. POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS: Reports:

SBA, on behalf of USDA, will request financial information including, but not limited to, financial statements, economic impact and community development information, and portfolio financing reports and valuations.

Audits:

SBA, on behalf of USDA, will require an annual financial report performed by an independent public accountant and periodic examinations performed by SBA examiners or an examiner contracted by SBA.

Records:

Appropriate records as needed for requirements of 111 and 112. FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:

12-1907-0-1-452.

Obligations:

FY 05 not available; FY 06 est $60,000,000 (Debentures) and $3,000,000 (Grants); Note: Carry-Over from prior year(s); and FY 07 not available. Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

$20,000,000 Debentures and $1,000,000 Grants.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In FY 05 the Interim final rule and first NOFA were published in the
Federal Register.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

7 CFR Part 4290. Further, Sec. 384Q of the statute required the Secretary to enter into an interagency agreement under section 1535 of title 31, United States Code, with another Federal agency that has considerable expertise in operating a program under which capital is provided for equity investments in private sector companies. USDA and the Small Business Administration (SBA) signed an Economy Act Agreement on October 31, 2003. The Agreement authorizes SBA to provide the day-to-day management and operation of the RBIP, including administrative and all data management, licensing and regulatory compliance functions. INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:

Consult your local telephone directory for the appropriate Rural Development State Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office:

Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Department of

Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250-3201. Telephone: (202) 690-4730, Fax (202) 690-4737.

Web Site Address:

http://www.sba.gov/INV/RBIP

RELATED PROGRAMS:

None at USDA.

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Not applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Equity venture capital finance experience, community development

finance experience, and ability to raise equity capital.

digital equipment. A significant number of stations have not completed

the transition, and many are rural stations that have no funding to proceed. The deadline for initiating digital broadcasting was May 2003, and all waivers of that date have expired. These stations are in violation of their FCC licenses. On February 17, 2009, all analog broadcasting is scheduled to cease, meaning that stations that have not transitioned will stop broadcasting any television signal. In addition to the public losing the benefits of public television programming, this will leave many school systems without educational programming they count on for curriculum compliance. This grant program assists rural public television stations in making the transition to digital television signal broadcasting. TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.

USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Grants may be used to install digital television facilities through purchase or lease (up to 3 years of lease costs); and for associated engineering and environmental studies. All broadcast facilities acquired under this program must be capable of delivering both digital television (DTV, sometimes called standard definition) and high definition television (HDTV) at both the interim and final channel power authorizations. Grant funds may be used to fund facilities directly connected to the digital transition of the broadcast signal such as: digital transmitters; digital translators; transmitting antennas; new towers or improvements to existing towers necessary for antenna installation; tower ground infrastructure such as land, buildings, fencing, standby power, and where commercial power is unreliable, power generation and conditioning facilities; studio to transmitter/translator communication links; television program production and management equipment; datacasting equipment; and subject to RUS approval, other facilities directly necessary for the digital transition of the broadcast signal. Grants shall not be used: to fund operations or for facilities not owned by the applicant (except for leased facilities as described above); for salaries, wages, and other public television employee benefits; for construction performed or expenditures made prior to the application deadline; or for facilities funded under other grants. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:

The applicant must be a public television station that serves a rural area regardless of whether they also serve an urban area. (Rural area means any area of the United States not included within the boundaries of any incorporated or unincorporated city, village, or borough having a

10.861 PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION DIGITAL TRANSITION population in excess of 20,000 inhabitants.) The applicant must also be GRANT PROGRAM

(Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program)

FEDERAL AGENCY:

RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AUTHORIZATION:

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006; Title III: Rural Development Programs; Rural Utilities Service; Distance Learning, Telemedicine, and Broadband Program; Public Law 109-97. This section states in part $5,000,000 shall be made available to convert analog to digital operation those noncommercial educational television broadcast stations that serve rural areas and are qualified for Community Service Grants by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting under section 396(k) of the Communications Act of 1934, including associated translators and repeaters, regardless of the location of their main transmitter, studio-totransmitter links, and equipment to allow local control over digital content and programming through the use of high-definition broadcast, multicasting and datacasting technologies. OBJECTIVES:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ordered all television broadcasters to initiate the broadcast of a digital television signal and to cease analog television broadcasts. The result of this conversion will be a new, high performance television system that is highly efficient in its use of the radio spectrum. This will free spectrum to enable the introduction of new wireless telecommunications services such as mobile wireless Internet access. Before spectrum can be reallocated to new uses, all television stations must make the transition to the new broadcast system. Lagging far behind in this transition are the rural public television stations, which depend on viewer donations and public funds to buy the expensive

required to convert from analog to digital transmission under the rules of the FCC. For the purpose of this grant program, a public television station must be an organization which (1) qualifies for Federal funding under Section 396(k) of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, and (2) which is either: (a) under the rules and regulations of the FCC in effect on November 2, 1978, eligible to be licensed as a noncommercial educational broadcast station and which is owned and operated by a public agency or nonprofit private foundation, corporation, or association; or (b) owned and operated by a municipality and which transmits only noncommercial programs for education purposes.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Anyone who receives the improved digital television signal from a rural public television station or attends an educational institution that uses public television in its curriculum.

Credentials/Documentation:

The applicant must provide evidence demonstrating that it meets the definition of a public television station in section 81, above. The applicant must also provide evidence that the FCC has authorized the initiation of digital broadcasting at each of the Applicant's transmitter and translator sites.

APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Preapplication Coordination:

None required. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Application Procedure:

An applicant must submit an application in accordance with the Program's application guide. In addition to Government-wide requirements, the applicant shall provide a description of the project including: an executive summary, a project cost spreadsheet, broadcast coverage maps, a complete narrative description, and an environmental assessment. Award Procedure:

All complete applications from eligible applicants that meet the

application deadline will be scored in a competitive process to determine which projects are funded. There are three scoring categories. The first is rurality, a measure of the rural character of the applicant's digital television coverage area. Up to 50 points can be earned in this category. The second uses the National School Lunch Program eligibility percentage as a measure of the economic need of the people in the applicant's coverage area. This category earns up to 35 points. Finally, up to 25 points can be awarded based on critical need.

Deadlines:

RUS publishes application dates and deadlines annually in a Notice of Funding Availability in the Federal Register.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:

Applications are approved each fiscal year for which funding is made available.

Appeals:

None.

Renewals:

Not applicable.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

RUS will advance funds as needed (but no more frequently than once every 30 days) to reimburse disbursements for approved grant purposes. A recipient generally has 3 years to spend funds. RUS may approve a 1 year extension.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports:

The recipient must provide periodic performance reports and permit periodic inspection by RUS of the project. The recipient must constantly monitor performance to ensure that it is meeting time schedules, accomplishing projected work by time periods, and achieving other performance objectives. The recipient must provide periodic financial reports to RUS. The performance and financial reports must be submitted to RUS on a quarterly basis throughout the project construction period. Audits:

The recipient must provide RUS with an audit for each year in which a portion of the grant is expended. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non Profit Organizations, nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:

The recipient must maintain all records needed to identify the purposes for which, and the manner in which, grant and other funds were expended on the project. The recipient must maintain such records for 3 years after the project is completed. The recipient must provide reasonable access to these records to RUS.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:

12-1232-0-1-452.

Obligations:

(Grants) FY 05 $0; FY 06 est $5,000,000; and FY 07 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

The maximum grant for an individual public television station is $2 million. The maximum for a consortium is $2 million for the first station and $1 million for each additional station in the consortium up to a maximum of $5 million. RUS will make no more than one grant to an individual station or consortium in any fiscal year. In fiscal year 2004, the average grant amount was $850,512. The 34 grants ranged from $181,915 to $2,000,000.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

During fiscal year 2004, 34 of 46 applicants received grants. REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

7 CFR Part 1740 - Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program (Interim final rule with request for comments) INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:

None.

Headquarters Office:

Assistant Administrator, Telecommunications Program, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 1590, Room 5151, Washington, DC 20250-1590. Telephone number (202) 720 9554, Facsimile (202) 720 0810. Web Site Address:

http://www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/index.htm.

RELATED PROGRAMS:

None.

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

The grant will enable the purchase of a full power transmitter, 14 translators, master control equipment, and standby power. The grant will fund DTV translators. It will also fund purchase and installation of a DTV video distribution system to mirror the programming storage functions of a similar system. In addition, the grant will fund a digital media server and automation system. The grant will finance a full power digital television transmission facility serving an area that is currently served by six low power analog translators. Funding will cover a new tower, building, transmission equipment, and associated processing, monitoring, and test equipment. The grant will fund an emergency backup power generation system to provide a reliable broadcast during power outages. The grant will fund a studio-to-transmitter communication system, a transmission link for High Definition programming, and a dynamic Program and System Information Protocol generation system. The grant will fund a three hop microwave system to deliver the digital signal 140 miles The grant will allow the conversion of two translators to digital. The translators serve areas hidden from the transmitters by terrain. It will also provide interconnection from the headquarters to the translator sites using a vacant UHF channel. The grant will finance the upgrade of microwave systems that will allow two stations to deliver standard and high definition signals. CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Complete, eligible applications that meet the application deadline are scored to determine which projects are funded. There are three scoring categories: rurality, up to 50 points; economic need, up to 25 points; and critical need, up to 25 points.

10.862 HOUSEHOLD WATER WELL SYSTEM GRANT PROGRAM

(HWWS Program)

FEDERAL AGENCY:

RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AUTHORIZATION:

Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, as amended, Section 306E, Public Law 107-171, 7 U.S.C. 1926e. OBJECTIVES:

To make grants to private, nonprofit organizations to finance the construction, refurbishing and servicing of individually-owned household water well systems in rural areas for individuals with low or moderate income.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.

USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Grant funds will be used to establish and maintain a revolving loan fund to provide loans to eligible individuals to construct, refurbish, and service individually-owned household water well systems. Eligible individuals must own or will own the household water well systems. Funds may be used to pay administrative expenses associated with providing the loans. Grant funds may not be used to pay (1) administrative expenses exceeding 10 percent of the loans made during the calendar year; (2) administrative expenses incurred before the Rural Utilities Service executes a grant agreement; (3) delinquent debt owed to the Federal Government. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:

An applicant must be a private organization, organized as a non-profit corporation. The applicant must have the legal capacity and authority to perform the obligations of the grant. The applicant must have sufficient expertise and experience in lending activities and promoting the safe and productive use of individually-owned household water well systems and ground water.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

An individual in a household in which the combined income of all

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