RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 5, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development recently announced the availability of $2.5 million in grant funding that could help Virginia cities and counties plan for the restoration of essential community facilities damaged in 2022 presidentially declared disasters.
“This is good news indeed for the 30 localities that experienced losses after last year’s winter storms and flooding,” Virginia State Director Perry Hickman said. “These communities can use the grants to identify and plan for facility needs, identify financing sources and prepare reports, surveys and applications to help them build back better with structures that are more resilient to increasingly severe weather risks.”
Public bodies, federally recognized Indian Tribes and nonprofits in the following eligible rural areas can apply for funding offered through the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (CF TAT) Disaster Repair Grant Program:
King George County
King William County
Prince Edward County
Applications for CF TAT Disaster Repair Grants will be accepted until Nov. 29, 2023. The maximum award amount is $50,000 for Ultimate Recipients and $250,000 for Technical Assistance Providers.
Virginia partners interested in applying can refer to page 60176 of the Aug. 31, 2023 Federal Register, visit the state website at https://www.rd.usda.gov/va or contact Myron Wooden at email@example.com for more information. Additional disaster assistance resources are available online at https://www.rd.usda.gov/page/rural-development-disaster-assistance.
This funding opportunity made possible through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 is also authorized for presidentially declared disaster areas in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans 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, Tribal and high-poverty areas.