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USDA Solid Waste Management Grant Promotes Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs; Deadline December 31

Tammi Schone
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USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for the Solid Waste Management Grant through Dec. 31, 2018, and priority points may be awarded to innovative projects that promote the safe disposal of prescription drugs in rural communities. Up to $4 million is available nationwide, with a $1 million individual project ceiling.

USDA Rural Development State Director Julie Gross encourages communities that need to dispose of unused prescription drugs to contact the agency about the Solid Waste Management funding.

“USDA is ready to partner with local leaders to help combat the opioid epidemic in South Dakota,” said Gross. “Helping rural families with local options to dispose of unused medications is a good step toward building healthy rural communities.”

USDA Solid Waste Management Grants support the planning and management of solid waste sites. Rural communities, non-profit organizations, federally recognized tribes and academic institutions can apply. For more information in South Dakota contact Community Programs Director Tim Potts at (605) 858-6678 or by email at tim.potts@sd.usda.gov and visit Solid Waste Management Grants in South Dakota

The application deadline for the Solid Waste Management Grant Program is Dec. 31, 2018. Applications can be submitted electronically at www.Grants.gov or in hard copy to: USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental Programs, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 5168, STOP 1522, Washington, DC 20250-1597.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. With a portfolio of $224 billion, this agency's assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/sd