USDA - Rural Development

Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge

Under RPIC, placemaking is defined as a collaborative process among public, private, philanthropic and community partners to strategically improve the social, cultural, and economic structure of a community. This work is based on a sense of place with qualitative and quantitative outcomes. Qualified entities may use the funds to provide technical assistance and training to […]

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Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant

The Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program provides affordable funding to rural areas for the development of essential community facilities.  These include facilities that provide an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community.  Private, commercial or business undertakings are excluded. Funds from this program can be used to

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Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG)

The ECWAG grant can be applied for to aid communities that have experienced a significant decline in water quantity or quality from their sources due to a natural disaster or other emergency event such as: drought, flood, fire, earthquake, disease outbreak, chemical or leakage spill.  70% or more of funding is to be used for

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Emergency Watershed Protection Program

The EWP Program allows communities to quickly address serious and long-lasting damages to infrastructure and to the land. The EWP Program authorities offer NRCS the flexibility to act quickly to help local communities cope with adverse impacts resulting from natural disasters. EWP does not require a disaster declaration by federal or state officials for program

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NRCS-PL566 Watersheds

The Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (PL-566) authorizes the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to help local organizations and units of government plan and implement watershed projects. PL-566 watershed projects are locally led to solve natural and human resource problems in watersheds up to 250,000 acres (less than 400 square miles).

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