New York State Director Richard Mayfield today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has more than $2 billion still available this year to invest in community facilities and infrastructure projects in rural areas. Four rural communities in New York are receiving a combined investment of more than $1 million in loan and grant funding.
“These projects will help improve the quality of life in rural towns and cities by building and modernizing education, health care, public safety and community facilities, as well as by supporting municipal services and other needs,” Mayfield said. “We strongly encourage interested rural communities to apply for this funding that USDA still has available.”
USDA is making the investments and has additional funding available through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. Interested applicants should contact their USDA Rural Development state office. The four projects in New York include:
- Town of Fowler This USDA Rural Development funding of $187,000 in loan and $33,000 in grant will be used to purchase a 2020 Mack Highway Plow Truck.
- Town of Norfolk This USDA Rural Development funding of $20,000 in loan will be used to purchase a 2019 Dodge Charger police vehicle to replace a 2012 Chevrolet Caprice.
- Town of Stockholm This USDA Rural Development funding of $160,000 in loan and $30,000 in grant will be used to purchase a 2020 Plow Truck to help maintain the town’s roads in the winter.
- Town of Hammond This USDA Rural Development funding of $630,000 in loan and $100,000 in grant will be used to construct a new town office building in the Hamlet of Hammond and convert the previous town facility into a public theater.
USDA will make additional funding announcements in the coming weeks. Congress appropriated $2.8 billion for Community Facilities direct loans and grants in fiscal year 2019.
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.