With $1.5 million left in project funding, officials ask rural communities how to spend it

Lincoln, Neb. (KLKN) — Rural Nebraska communities in FEMA declared disaster counties have utilized 638,300 dollars, out of the 2.2 million dollars provided by the USDA, for disaster recovery. These funds may be used for non-disaster projects too. Officials say to submit requests for community projects now to make good use of the funding.

“The opportunity to apply will expire.  Don’t wait. Now is the time to make your community projects happen and submit a request for assistance. We currently are processing the 23 requests we have received,” said Nebraska State Director Karl Elmshaeuser, USDA Rural Development. “We encourage eligible municipalities, counties, and non-profits to continue to contact us with their community’s needs.”

Some funded projects include emergency vehicles, utility trucks, new auditorium equipment, and renovations to essential community facilities. More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Applicants must include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Native American tribes. The funding is for rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.

Applications will be accepted on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. These grant applications should be sent to the USDA Rural Development Attn: Community Programs; 100 Centennial Mall North; Federal Building Room 308; Lincoln, Neb.  68508.

For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

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