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USDA Rural Development Grant Funding Available
Minnesota Ag Connection - 06/30/2020

USDA Rural Development has $150 million - $3 million for Minnesota alone -- in grants available through the Community Facilities Program to help rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of natural disasters.

Whether directly affected or located within the list of designated Minnesota communities, funds are available for up to $50,000 per application.

Grant applications will be accepted on a continual bases until funds are exhausted. Contact your local Area Office for further information or assistance with the application process. Grant assistance will be provided on a graduated scale; smaller communities with the lowest median household income are eligible for a higher proportion of grant funds. For application details and additional information, see page 47477 of the Sept. 10 Federal Register.

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding, including new fire/rescue vehicles and related equipment, police vehicles & related equipment, firefighter turnout gear and related equipment, ambulance & related equipment, weather siren and much more. For example, the city of Fulda recently received a $50,000 grant to purchase a new ambulance for the city's only volunteer ambulance service; learn more.

Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in eligible rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs 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 areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/mn.

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