HURON, S.D., March. 28, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development South Dakota State Director Nikki Gronli today announced the availability of grants to help people repair their homes that were damaged by severe storms in 2022.
The homes must be located in presidentially declared disaster areas. People living in 34 counties and two Indian Reservations in South Dakota may be eligible for the funding.
“Thousands of residents across South Dakota were impacted by devastating storms in 2022,” said Gronli. “Our neighbors in affected communities may qualify for grants to assist with home repairs through USDA Rural Development. Thanks to the Presidential Disaster Declaration we have some additional flexibility in our home repair program for those who need it most.” [Audio: MP3, 502KB, 21 seconds]
The grants are being made available through supplemental disaster funding under the Rural Disaster Home Repair Grant Program. Through this program, people may apply to receive grants of up to $40,675 directly from USDA to repair their homes.
Funds will be available until expended. They may be used to:
- pay for home repair expenses that were a result of a Presidentally declared disasters in calendar year 2022.
- prepare a site for a manufactured home.
- relocate a manufactured home.
To be eligible:
- applicants must have household incomes that do not exceed the low-limits based on their household size and county.
- homes must be located in an eligible rural area.
- homes must be located in a Presidentially declared disaster areas 2022.
Residents in the following counties may be eligible for the funding:
Aurora, Beadle, Bennett, Bon Homme, Brookings, Butte, Clark, Clay, Codington, Day, Deuel, Grant, Haakon, Hamlin, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jackson, Jones, Kingsbury, Lake, McCook, McPherson, Mellette, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Oglala Lakota, Potter, Roberts, Spink, Stanley, Todd, Turner, Ziebach.
Residents on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations may be eligible for the funding.
The Biden-Harris Administration championed the bill known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, that made this funding possible.
In the coming weeks and months, USDA expects to announce additional funding availability under the bill to help rural people in presidentially declared disaster areas who were impacted by natural disasters in 2022.
This additional funding will assist eligible organizations help rural people repair and improve their homes. It will also help rural communities repair water infrastructure and essential community facilities.
Additional resources to support rural communities seeking disaster assistance are available at https://www.rd.usda.gov/page/rural-development-disaster-assistance.
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/sd or email Rural Development at SFHDirectSD@usda.gov. To subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.