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USDA to Help S.D. Communities Affected by Natural Disasters
South Dakota Ag Connection - 09/11/2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Julie Gross Tuesday announced that USDA has $150 million in grants available nationwide through the Community Facilities Program to help rural communities, including South Dakota, continue their recovery from the devastating effects of heavy snow, high winds, rain, and freezing rain.

"USDA stands ready to assist rural communities with their recovery efforts," said Gross. "USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural South Dakota communities in building and maintaining infrastructure that is foundational to quality of life and prosperity. When rural America thrives, all America thrives."

The $150 million is included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act that President Trump signed into law on June 6, 2019. The grants may be used for relief in areas affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence; wildfires in 2018; and other natural disasters where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided a notice declaring a Major Disaster Declaration and assigned a FEMA disaster recovery (DR) number. South Dakota has 58 counties and four Indian reservations included under the designation. View the list of designated counties as of Sept. 8. Please check the FEMA website for regular updates and names of additional counties that may be added.

Grant applications will be accepted at USDA's state office 200 4th Street SW, Federal Bldg. Rm. 210, Huron, SD 57350 on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. 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. 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.

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