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RCAP - Rural Community Assistance Program

The West Virginia Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) is a program of the West Virginia Community Action Partnership Inc. WV RCAP is part of a national network of service providers offering technical services on a local level to small rural communities, primarily in the development and/or management of water and wastewater facilities. WV RCAP strives to improve the overall living conditions for rural communities by assisting their community efforts to insure safe drinking water and sanitary wastewater treatment.

Great Lakes RCAP states The national RCAP program began in 1969 with roots in rural America and the early federal anti-poverty efforts resulting in the formation of six regional RCAP organizations across the United States to provide technical support on a local level. The Great Lakes RCAP, one of the six regional RCAPs includes the states of West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, was formed in 1980 and operates the individual state’s RCAP program under the umbrella of each state’s Community Action Agency.


What We Do

The people working locally with communities are called TAPs (Technical Assistance Provider). TAPs provide financial management training as well as hands-on assistance in bookkeeping, preparing financial reports, cost of service, budget and analysis assistance to water and wastewater systems. RCAP also provides direct assistance to communities with development of infrastructure projects and the management of those projects through construction.

RCAP provides direct assistance to communities that may receive notices of violations, placed under consent order, administrative order or cited for critical deficiencies by primacy agencies to understand their significance and find solutions to correct the problem. RCAP staff functions as the liaison between the community and primacy agencies for a more cohesive approach for a greater community understanding and capacity building experience for future sustainability.

Infrastructure development may take several years to accomplish. In many rural areas in West Virginia, community residents must rely on unsafe or undependable wells, springs, ponds, impounds or streams for their water source. Whether an orphan system, a PSD, a water association, or small municipality, RCAP provides information on available funding, assists in the process of accessing funding resources including grant writing, and provides financial coordination and construction management for projects for more affordable infrastructure development.

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How We Are Funded

Traditional funding for RCAP is provided through grants by the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Community Services under the Rural Facilities Grant Program, Services are often provided free to small, rural, low income communities that need assistance in developing and providing safe drinking water and sanitary sewerage services to their residents.

Last year West Virginia RCAP utilized funding to provide service to assist over 50,760 rural West Virginia residents in 19,709 households throughout the state for assistance with capacity building, compliance and environmental health, facilities development, management and finance, operations and maintenance or planning and development of water or wastewater infrastructure.

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WV RCAP Technical Assistance Providers

Mary Hutson
State Coordinator & Technical Assistance Provider
WV RCAP
2 Hale Street, Suite 100
Charleston, WV 25301
Email
OFFICE 304-347-2277
FAX 304-347-2001

Jean Melton
Technical Assistance Provider
WV RCAP
2 Hale Street, Suite 100
Charleston, WV 25301
Email
OFFICE 304-347-2277
FAX 304-347-2001

Rick Watson
Technical Assistance Provider
WV RCAP
2 Hale Street, Suite 100
Charleston, WV 25301
Email
OFFICE 304-347-2277
FAX 304-347-2001

Scott Vinson
Technical Assistance Provider
WV RCAP
2 Hale Street, Suite 100
Charleston, WV 25301
Email
CELL 304-629-6903
OFFICE 304-347-2277
FAX 304-347-2001