eligible to apply for USDA Rural Development project funding for
stand-alone generators. In the past, generator funding was only
available as part of a larger water or waste project; for example, a
water or sewer system expansion which included back-up generators as
part of the project.
A recent change in procedure now allows water or waste systems in rural
areas that have experienced power outages of at least 24 consumer hours
during one of the last five years to apply for USDA Rural Development
funding to purchase a stand-alone generator.
As part of the application process, the rural water or waste system must
obtain verification of consumer hour power outages from their electric
provider and submit the power outage verification to USDA Rural
Development with the application for funding.
During the past five years, Louisiana's rural water and waste systems
have suffered substantial power outages due to hurricanes and other
storm events, leading to loss of water and waste services for rural
residents. The new procedure will allow these systems to apply for
funding for generators which help them be better prepared for future
Public bodies, non-profit organizations, and recognized tribes may
qualify for assistance through USDA Rural Development's water and waste
loan, loan guarantee, and grant program for drinking water, sanitary
sewer, solid waste, and storm drainage facilities in rural areas.
For more information on this funding opportunity, contact your local
USDA Rural Development Area Office:
Monroe Area Office - (318) 343-4467, extension 6
Natchitoches Area Office - (318) 352-7100, extension 6
Lafayette Area Office - (337) 262-6601, extension 6
Amite Area Office - (985) 748-8751, extension 6
USDA Rural Development provides a full range of rural development credit
services in rural Louisiana. Further information on USDA Rural
Development's loan and grant programs may be obtained by visiting USDA
Rural Development's web site at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov.
USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender, provider, and
employer. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to: USDA,
Director, Office of Civil Rights, Washington, DC 20250-9140.