U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $139 million in 56 projects to improve community facilities and provide essential services for 3.3 million rural residents in 23 states.
“Modern, accessible and reliable community infrastructure, public safety facilities, schools and health facilities are essential components to strong and prosperous communities,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in building and modernizing these facilities in rural America, because we believe that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
USDA is making the investments through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. In Nevada, the Topaz Ranch Estates General Improvement Districts received a $206,000 grant to purchase a paving/snowplow truck to assist with maintenance and road repairs in the area. The community, with 750 residents, is in southern Douglas County adjacent to Topaz Lake.
In Fiscal Year 2018, Nevada Rural Development invested $16.1 million statewide for Community Facility improvements for 18 projects. Elko and Clark County led the investments with $11.4 million in Elko and $4.2 million in Clark County for community improvements in rural areas.
For more information in Nevada, contact Community Programs Director Cheryl Couch at (775) 443-4760. Program information available online at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities-direct-loan-grant-program/nv
The national office of USDA Rural Development recently released the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants, a detailed overview of the application process.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities program 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.