On May 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced that USDA is making priority funding available for coastal communities that have been devastated by wildfires.
USDA is reserving $2 million under the Rural Business Development Grants program for eligible projects in rural communities located on a river or ocean coastline. Priority is being given to National Scenic Areas impacted by wildfires. National Scenic Areas are environmentally protected, federally designated locations that have outstanding natural and scenic value.
“Under the leadership of President Biden, Vice President Harris and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, USDA is committed to getting help to rural communities that have been impacted by wildfires in many parts of the country,” Maxson said. “As severe weather and natural disasters continue to threaten the livelihoods of residents and businesses in rural America, we want the communities we serve to know that USDA stands ready to help.”
Eligible entities include rural counties, towns, state agencies, authorities, nonprofits, federally recognized tribes, higher education institutes and cooperatives. Projects must be consistent with any USDA Rural Development state strategic plan, local and area-wide community and economic development strategic plans and support other economic development activities. Funds may be used for projects including, but not limited to, business support centers, job training, and leadership development.
Applications must be submitted to the nearest USDA office by July 6, 2021.
Learn more information about this assistance opportunity here.
Visit www.rd.usda.gov for information about additional opportunities and investments in rural America from USDA Rural Development.