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USDA Rural Development supports rural prosperity in Indiana by investing in modern infrastructure such as high-speed internet and water and waste treatment systems. We help eligible rural Indianians buy or rent affordable housing, and we can partner with you to build or improve essential community facilities such as hospitals, libraries, and schools. We boost rural economic development by funding technical assistance for small business owners and entrepreneurs, helping them design robust business plans, find new markets, and promote their goods and services. We also help eligible businesses and manufacturers expand or improve, and we support energy programs that finance renewable systems for agriculture and industry. Because so many of our employees live and work in the very communities we serve, the USDA Rural Development mission is personal to us. It’s this commitment to our neighbors that sets us apart. Scroll down to learn more about how we can help you and your community or visit our Indiana contact page.

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Build Community-Oriented High-Speed Internet Networks for People in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to build community-oriented, high-speed internet networks for people in rural areas.

The Department is making up to $79 million in grants available under the Community Connect program. Recipients may use the funds to establish high-speed internet networks that will foster economic growth and deliver enhanced educational, health care and public safety benefits.

Grant recipients must agree to provide high-speed internet service at community-serving institutions free of charge for up to two years. These institutions include schools, libraries, fire stations and other public safety sites.

Eligible applicants are state and local governments, Federally recognized Tribes, nonprofits, for-profit corporations and limited liability companies. USDA does not provide funding directly to individuals under this program.

All applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 a.m. Eastern Time on June 20, 2023, to https://www.rd.usda.gov/community-connect This funding opportunity will also be posted to https://www.grants.gov. For additional information, see page 16579 of the March 20, 2023, Federal Register.

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Indiana Contact Information

Indiana Rural Development State Office
5975 Lakeside Boulevard
Indianapolis, Indiana 46278-1996
Call us at 317-290-3100
TDD# 317-295-5799
FAX 855-541-9019

Questions about Multifamily Housing Programs? Call 1-800-292-8293