Trump administration invests $ 46 million in rural community facilities in 16 states
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture is investing $ 46 million to improve essential community facilities to benefit 363,000 rural residents (PDF, 169 KB) in 16 states.
“Rural America relies on safe and modern community facilities to ensure access to essential services such as education, health care and public safety,” said the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Development of USDA, Bette Brand. “Under the leadership of President Trump and the Lost Secretary of Agriculture, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
Brand today announced projects in Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota , Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad, Colorado, will use a $ 2 million loan and $ 50,000 grant to provide additional funding to renovate the facility and build a 14-bed medico-surgical unit, a new emergency department with 10 treatment spaces, a new central utility plant and to purchase monitoring equipment for the emergency department.
Over 100 types of projects are eligible for community facility funding. Eligible applicants include federally recognized municipalities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and Native American tribes. Projects must be located in rural areas of 20,000 inhabitants or less.
Interested parties should contact their state USDA rural development office for information on additional funding, application procedures, and eligibility details. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guide for Applicants (PDF, 669 KB) for a detailed overview of the application process.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural areas. For more information visit http://www.rd.usda.gov.