USDA Awards $164,100 to Five Nebraska Communities to Assist with Community Facility Projects

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USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul announces that USDA is investing in five projects totaling $164,100 that will help rural Nebraska communities with needed improvements ranging from the purchase of an ambulance to a new roof for a county fair horse/cow building.  Funding is made possible through the USDA Rural Development Community Facility Grant Program.

The Village of Walthill is the recipient of a $50,000 USDA grant, leveraged with a combined total of $428,286 from the State of Nebraska Civic and Community Center Financing Fund, Charter West Bank, a Community Development Block Grant along with personal donations.  The funding will assist a community of nearly 800 residents with the renovations of the old fire station into the new library for the Village of Walthill.

The Village of Guide Rock, population 225, is the recipient of a USDA $50,000 grant leveraged with $17,000 from the village that will purchase an ambulance, power cot and air lifting bag.

The City of Long Pine, population 300, will utilize a $30,000 USDA grant leveraged with $10,244 from the city to purchase and install two new emergency warning sirens that will replace the two non-functioning sirens.

The Nuckolls County Agricultural Society, Inc. in Nelson, population nearly 500, will use a $19,800 USDA grant leveraged with $16,200 from the Society.  The funding will provide for a new roof for the building which is needed to house cattle and horses during the county fair.  The new roof will enhance the appearance of the building and will address the roof leaking issues in the building show arena.

Webster County in Red Cloud, population of more than 1,000, will use a $14,300 USDA grant leveraged with $11,700 from Webster County to renovate the interior of the Red Cloud ambulance barn.

“The infrastructure of rural communities is essential and USDA Rural Development is pleased to be able to assist these Nebraska communities,” said Moul. 

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Since 2009, USDA Rural Development (@USDARD) has invested nearly $13 billion to start or expand nearly 112,000 rural businesses; and invested $38.2 billion in 1,057 electric projects that have financed more than 198,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines serving 4.6 million rural residents. USDA also helped 1.1 million rural residents buy homes; funded nearly 9,200 community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care facilities; and helped bring high-speed Internet access to nearly 6 million rural residents and businesses. For more information, visit


Last Modified: 11/16/2016