Indiana Rural Community Assistance Program

Since 1981, the Indiana Rural Community Assistance Program (IN-RCAP) has provided technical assistance on water, wastewater, and solid waste issues to rural communities across the state. While RCAP is restricted to working with communities with a population under 10,000, a typical IN-RCAP community has a population under 1,000. Because the organization is funded entirely with grant money, RCAP is able to provide its services at no cost to communities.

Nationwide funding for the Indiana program comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utility Service, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Community Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency Safe Drinking Water Program. In addition, IN-RCAP is funded by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management through the 104 (b)(3) and drinking water programs.

RCAP Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs) work with residents and local leaders in each community to identify a scope of services that will meet the community's needs. In keeping with the mission of our national organization, IN-RCAP has three major objectives in its communities. These objectives are:

  • To ensure that rural residents have access to clean, safe drinking water.
  • To increase access to safe, cost effective sewage treatment for rural residents.
  • To insure that rural residents are able to dispose of their solid waste in a sanitary and affordable manner.

During the 2000-2001 program year, IN RCAP leveraged over $1 million in grant money and assisted a total population of over 470,000; 57 percent of which were low to moderate income. During the 2002-2003 program year, IN RCAP nearly $1.5 million in loan money and $4.7 million in grant money to assist its communities. The population affected was 161,968; 48 percent of which were low to moderate income.