WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIBW) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $871 million in rural community facilities in 43 states and Guam.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is investing $871 million to improve critical community facilities that will benefit 3.5 million rural residents in 43 states and Guam.
“Rural America needs safe, modern community infrastructure to help residents and businesses achieve greater prosperity and have access to essential services,” USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner to rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
According to Brand, essential community projects receiving funding are in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The USDA said it is funding 256 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. It said the investments will build or upgrade schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities. It gives the following examples:
According to the USDA, over 100 types of projects are eligible for funding. It said eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. It said projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
The USDA said interested parties should contact their Rural Development state office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details. It said a detailed overview of the application process can be found here.
The USDA said Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. It said the assistance helps infrastructure improvements, business developments, housing, community facilities and high-speed internet access in rural areas.