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USDA Grants Available to Help Virginia Rural Communities Repair Water Infrastructure Damaged in 2022 Disaster Events

Barbara Bowen
Release Date

RICHMOND, Va., June 22, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Virginia State Director Perry Hickman today announced the availability of grants to help rural communities repair water infrastructure damaged by presidentially declared disasters in calendar year 2022. 

“When disaster strikes the places we call home, people need somewhere to turn,” Hickman said. “The assistance I'm announcing today will help ensure that Virginia localities impacted by last year’s flooding, mudslides and winter storm events have access to the resources needed to repair or rebuild water, wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste systems.”

USDA is making over $247 million in grants available through supplemental disaster funding under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 to help rurally located public bodies and nonprofit organizations repair damaged water infrastructure and develop resiliency to reduce long-term risks from future disasters. 

Funds will remain available until expended and may be used in the following Virginia presidentially declared disaster areas: 

Albemarle County
Amelia County
Appomattox County
Buchanan County
Buckingham County
Caroline County
Charlotte County
Culpeper County
Cumberland County 
Essex County
Fauquier County
Fluvanna County
Goochland County
Greene County
Hanover County
King George County
King William County
Louisa County    
Madison County
Nelson County
Orange County
Powhatan County
Prince Edward County
Rappahannock County
Spotsylvania County
Stafford County
Tazewell County
Westmoreland County

Applications must be submitted through the RD APPLY application system at rdapply.usda.gov. Virginia applicants can contact Myron Wooden at myron.wooden@usda.gov or visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/va to get more information.

USDA expects to announce additional funding for presidentially declared disaster areas in the coming weeks to help eligible rural communities repair and rebuild essential community facilities. It will also help communities access technical assistance and training to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste problems.  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 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. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. To subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.