USDA Invests $185 Million to Improve Rural Community Facilities

Name
Candy Taylor
Phone
City
Stillwater
Release Date
Jun 23, 2021

Funding will Help Provide Rural Health Care, Emergency Response Services and Long-Term Disaster Recovery

STILLWATER, OK, June 23, 2021 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson today announced that USDA is investing $185 million to equip, rebuild, and modernize essential services in rural areas of 32 states. The investments will benefit 3 million rural residents.

“The Biden-Harris Administration has made investing in infrastructure improvements a priority,” Maxson said. “These loans and grants will help rural communities invest in facilities and services that are vital to all communities, such as schools, libraries, hospitals and health clinics. They also will help rural communities continue to beat the COVID-19 pandemic as America builds back better and stronger.”

Background:

USDA is investing in 233 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. Of these, 74 awards, totaling $4 million, will help communities with their long-term recovery efforts following natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and tornadoes.

The Department is making investments in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

A total of $1,997,067 is being invested in 21 projects in Oklahoma. Below are examples of investments:

• Oklahoma - The Atoka County Emergency Medical Services is receiving a $215,300 grant to purchase two fully equipped ambulances to replace ambulances that are worn out or in need of repair. These new ambulances will allow them to provide improved services to their customers as well as expand services to include communities they have not been able to serve.

• Oklahoma - Bokoshe Public Schools is receiving a $29,300 grant to purchase appliances for its kitchen. The purchase is comprised of a commercial planetary floor mixer, a gas range/griddle, a proofing cabinet, and a walk-in combination cooler. The new appliances will replace outdated equipment.

• Oklahoma – The City of Chandler is receiving a $66,000 grant to purchase a fire truck to replace its 43-year-old truck that requires major engine repairs. The City of Chandler responds to all fire and emergency needs with the city limits and the surrounding 160 square mile radius.

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities 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.

To learn more about Community Facilities Program funding opportunities, contact a USDA Rural Development state office. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants (PDF, 669 KB) for a detailed overview of the application process.

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. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

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