7 U.S. Code § 1926e - Grants to 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 incomes

(a) Definition of eligible individual
In this section, the term “eligible individual” means an individual who is a member of a household the members of which have a combined income (for the most recent 12-month period for which the information is available) that is not more than 100 percent of the median nonmetropolitan household income for the State or territory in which the individual resides, according to the most recent decennial census of the United States.
(b) Grants
(1) In general
The Secretary may make grants to private nonprofit organizations for the purpose of providing loans to eligible individuals for the construction, refurbishing, and servicing of individual household water well systems in rural areas that are or will be owned by the eligible individuals.
(2) Terms of loans
A loan made with grant funds under this section—
(A) shall have an interest rate of 1 percent;
(B) shall have a term not to exceed 20 years; and
(C) shall not exceed $11,000 for each water well system described in paragraph (1).
(3) Administrative expenses
A recipient of a grant made under this section may use grant funds to pay administrative expenses associated with providing the assistance described in paragraph (1), as determined by the Secretary.
(c) Priority in awarding grants
In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to an applicant that has substantial expertise and experience in promoting the safe and productive use of individually-owned household water well systems and ground water.
(d) Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018.


(Pub. L. 87–128, title III, § 306E, as added Pub. L. 107–171, title VI, § 6012(a),May 13, 2002, 116 Stat. 357; amended Pub. L. 110–234, title VI, § 6010,May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1163; Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title VI, § 6010,June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 1925; Pub. L. 113–79, title VI, § 6009,Feb. 7, 2014, 128 Stat. 843.)

Pub. L. 110–234and Pub. L. 110–246made identical amendments to this section. The amendments by Pub. L. 110–234were repealed by section 4(a) ofPub. L. 110–246.

2014—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 113–79substituted “$5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018” for “$10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012”.
2008—Subsec. (b)(2)(C). Pub. L. 110–246, § 6010(1), substituted “$11,000” for “$8,000”.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 110–246, § 6010(2), substituted “2008 through 2012” for “2003 through 2007”.
Effective Date of 2008 Amendment

Amendment of this section and repeal of Pub. L. 110–234by Pub. L. 110–246effective May 22, 2008, the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–234, see section 4 ofPub. L. 110–246, set out as an Effective Date note under section 8701 of this title.
Effective Date

Pub. L. 107–171, title VI, § 6012(b),May 13, 2002, 116 Stat. 358, provided that: “The amendment made by subsection (a) [enacting this section] takes effect on October 1, 2002.”

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