USDA invests $ 3.6 million to improve rural community facilities and essential equipment in Ohio | Community
COLUMBUS, Ohio – March 31, 2021 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Acting Director of State Beth Huhn announced that USDA is investing $ 266 million to build and improve essential community facilities for the benefit of nearly 3 million rural residents in 16 states and Puerto Rico. This funding includes $ 156 million to support improvements in health care and emergency response services that will benefit nearly one million rural residents in nine states and Puerto Rico.
“The Biden-Harris administration has made restoring the economy a top priority and the USDA is playing a critical role,” Huhn said. “Rural America needs secure, modern community infrastructure to help residents and businesses achieve greater prosperity. These investments are important improvements for these communities in order to improve their quality of life in order to build back better and stronger.
USDA is investing in 41 projects under the Direct Grant and Loan for Community Facilities program. The assistance will fund a variety of essential community services, including emergency response vehicles and equipment. Over 100 types of projects are eligible for community facility funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be located in rural areas of 20,000 inhabitants or less.
The Township of Scioto will use a loan of $ 3.5 million to build a fire station. The current building does not meet the Ohio building code and does not have sufficient space for crew and equipment. The proposed 14,000 square foot station will include five passage bays that can accommodate up to 10 vehicles. It will also include new bunk rooms, a training and exercise area, toilets and wellness areas.
The Township of Millwood will use a loan of $ 140,000 to purchase a grader. The current grader is nearing the end of its life. The new grader will allow the township to continue to maintain roads and public facilities.
Interested parties should contact their USDA National Rural Development Office for information on additional funding, application procedures, and eligibility details. See also the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guide for applicants 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 aid 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.
Information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting www.rd.usda.gov/oh or by calling 614-255-2400. If you would like to subscribe to the Ohio Rural Development USDA updates, visit our GovDelivery subscription page.