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Funding still available to assist low income landowners to upgrade septic systems

Posted: November 12, 2013 - 6:27pm

Region Five currently offers low interest funding (3 percent for 60 months) to landowners that can show repayment ability to repair or replace an existing septic system. There are no income limits.

In addition, limited Legacy Grant funding remains available to assist low income landowners in all Region Five counties served.

This cooperative effort combines a partial grant with a low interest loan to assist low income residents needing to make septic improvements. Homesteaded single-family homes or duplexes can access grant funding to partially offset the cost of the system, making the improvement more affordable. A low interest loan will be issued for the remainder of the cost. The purpose of the funding is to improve the water quality in the environment by financially assisting very low income residents.

Individual Septic Treatment System (ISTS) applicants applying for grant funding must meet the USDA adjusted income guidelines. The amount of the grant issued will depend on the cost of the system, family size and annual gross income of the applicant. To qualify a notice of noncompliance must be issued by the county and certain clean water criteria met. The program will expire when grant funds have been expended.

For more information call 218-547-7399 in Cass County or 218-824-1134 in Crow Wing County. For more information from Region Five, contact Anne Hanson at 218-894-6011.

Visit the R5DC website at to download an application. Submit completed applications to your county contact.

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