Kentucky to benefit from USDA $185 million investment

WASHINGTON (WTVQ) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it is investing $185 million to equip, rebuild, and modernize essential services in rural areas of 32 states, benefiting three million rural residents.

“The Biden-Harris Administration has made investing in infrastructure improvements a priority,” USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson said. “These loans and grants will help rural communities invest in facilities and services that are vital to all communities, such as schools, libraries, hospitals and health clinics. They also will help rural communities continue to beat the COVID-19 pandemic as America builds back better and stronger.”

Through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program, the USDA is investing in 233 projects. Seventy-four of these awards, worth $4 million, will aid communities recovering from natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and tornadoes. The states included in the USDA’s investments are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Over 100 projects qualify for Community Facilities funding. Applicants who are eligible include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects have to be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.

To learn more about Community Facilities Program funding opportunities, contact a USDA Rural Development state office. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants for a detailed overview of the application process.

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