Kelly K. Clark
USDA Community Facilities Funding will Benefit 631,000 Rural Americans
USDA Has More Than $2 Billion Still Available for Rural Communities to Build or Modernize Education, Health Care, Municipal and Public Safety Facilities
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2019 – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has more than $2 billion still available this year to invest in community facilities and infrastructure projects in rural areas. Baxley also released the names of 40 rural communities that are receiving a total of $50 million for projects that will benefit 631,000 rural residents in 17 states.
“Modern and accessible education, health care, public safety and municipal services are foundational to quality of life in any community,” Baxley said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities to build the facilities in which these essential services are located, and to improve the infrastructure these services rely on to operate in rural America.”
In Nevada there is still $83,900 available in regular Community Facility grant funds; $9 million in Direct Loan funds and $4.2 million in Guaranteed Loan funds. The program funds construction of facilities such as schools, hospitals, public buildings, street improvements, equipment and vehicles for first responders and emergency services. Contact Cheryl Couch to learn more about opportunities in Nevada at (775) 887-1222.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for funding under USDA’s Community Facilities program. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
USDA will make additional funding announcements in coming weeks. Congress appropriated $2.8 billion for Community Facilities direct loans and grants in fiscal year 2019.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov