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USDA Rural Development Invests $414,500 to Improve Community Infrastructure for People Living in Rural West Virginia

Release Date
Jan 31, 2022

Funding Will Increase Access to Health Care, Education and Public Safety

 

BESSEMER, Ala., Jan. 26, 2022 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh has announced that USDA is investing $1 billion to build and improve critical community facilities in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Guam. This infrastructure funding will increase access to health care, education and public safety while spurring community development and building sound infrastructure for people living in rural communities. In West Virginia, nine organizations are receiving a total of $414,500 in grants.

“The Biden-Harris Administration has made investing in infrastructure improvements a top priority,” Bronaugh said. “These loans and grants will help rural communities invest in facilities and services that are vital to all communities, such as health care facilities, schools, libraries, and first responder vehicles and equipment. When we invest in essential services in rural America, we build opportunity and prosperity for the people who call rural communities home.”

In West Virginia, nine organizations will receive a total of $414,500 in Community Facilities Grants as follows:*

Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department

Community Facilities Disaster Grant

$112,500

Alderson Town

Community Facilities Grant

$50,000

City of Bluefield

Community Facilities Grant

$43,000

City of Bluefield

Community Facilities Grant

$21,900

City of Romney

Community Facilities Grant

$3,000

City of Romney

Community Facilities Grant

$3,400

City of Romney

Community Facilities Grant

$4,800

City of Romney

Community Facilities Grant

$1,700

City of Romney

Community Facilities Grant

$6,200

County of Barbour

Community Facilities Grant

$10,800

Hardy County Commission

Community Facilities Grant

$40,200

Hardy County Commission

Community Facilities Grant

$15,700

McDowell County Commission

Community Facilities Grant

$23,000

McDowell County Commission

Community Facilities Grant

$13,000

Mingo County Commission

Community Facilities Grant

$22,700

Moorefield Volunteer Fire Company

Community Facilities Grant

$42,600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*For more information on a recipient please email emily.cannon@usda.gov


Bronaugh highlighted 737 projects that USDA is making in five programs that will fund essential community services to help rural America build back better, stronger and more equitably than ever before. These programs include Community Facilities Direct Loans and Grants, Community Facilities Loan Guarantees, Community Facilities Technical Assistance Training Grants, Community Facilities Disaster Grants, and Economic Impact Initiative Grants. The projects will finance emergency response vehicles and equipment; build or improve hospitals and clinics and help fund other essential community facilities. Bronaugh underscored the critical role that Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, Vice Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, had in fighting for additional funding for the Community Facilities Direct Loans, which made many of these investments in critical rural infrastructure possible.  

 

Background:

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. For more information, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities/community-facilities-direct-loan-grant-program.

 

Interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility. 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, ensuring access to 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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