MONTGOMERY, July 15, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $153 million to build and improve critical community facilities to benefit nearly two million rural residents in 23 states.
"It’s exciting to see rural Alabama prosper by building and improving essential community facilities. I am in the opinion that essential community infrastructure is key in ensuring rural areas to thrive," said USDA Rural Development State Director for Alabama Chris Beeker.
USDA is funding one project Alabama through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. Investments can be used to build or upgrade a wide range of rural community facilities such as schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities. Investment in Alabama includes:
- South Central Alabama Mental Health Board is receiving a $2,999,900 million loan to build a 16-bed forensic mental health facility in Greenville, Ala., in Butler County, a persistent-poverty county. The new 9,910 square foot facility will be on 1.54 acres and will be owned and operated by the South Central Alabama Mental Health Board, Inc. in partnership with the Alabama Department of Mental Health. The new facility will provide services to forensic patients to help diagnose and treat mental health conditions.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. 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.
Interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants (PDF, 669 KB), 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 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.
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