Bozeman, Mont., July 20, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development in Montana State Director Kathleen Williams announced today the availability of grants for rural Montana communities to help repair essential facilities damaged by flooding in 2022.
Facilities must be located in eligible rural areas and presidentially declared disaster areas. Eligible Montana communities include those located in Carbon, Flathead, Park, Sweet Grass, Stillwater, Treasure, and Yellowstone Counties.
“During challenging times, one thing we can count on in Montana is a strong spirit of community where neighbors come together to lend a helping hand,” said Williams. “These grants can be a great resource to help communities repair critical facilities and services damaged during last year’s flooding and show USDA’s enduring commitment to helping our rural and Tribal communities recover and thrive.”
USDA is making up to $50 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Disaster Repair Grants Program, which received supplemental funding under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023.
Eligible entities may apply to receive up to 75% of total project costs to repair community facilities damaged by natural disasters in 2022. Eligible organizations include public bodies, federally recognized Indian Tribes and community-based nonprofits.
Funds may be used to:
- Repair essential community facilities,
- Replace damaged equipment or vehicles,
- Purchase new equipment to undertake repairs.
Applications for funding will be accepted on a continual basis until all funds are exhausted. There is no minimum or maximum grant limit per project. There is no minimum or maximum grant limit per project.
Additional information is also available on page 46736 of the July 20 Federal Register.
Disaster relief grant funding is also available for communities in these seven Montana counties to repair essential water infrastructure and for very-low- and low-income homeowners repair damaged homes. Additional resources to support rural communities seeking disaster assistance are available at https://www.rd.usda.gov/page/rural-development-disaster-assistance.
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 and Tribal areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
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USDA Rural Development has six offices in Montana – Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. To learn more about investment resources for rural areas in Montana, call (406) 585-2587 or visit www.rd.usda.gov/mt.