USDA to provide $150M to help rural communities affected by natural disasters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that it has 150-million dollars in grants available nationwide to help rural communities, including South Dakota, continue their recovery from the devastating effects of heavy snow, high winds, rain, and freezing rain.  

USDA Rural Development State Director Julie Gross said the grants are available through the Community Facilities Program.  

The 150-million dollars is included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act that President Trump signed into law in June.  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, including Lake, Miner, Kingsbury, Moody, McCook, Minnehaha, and Brookings counties, as well as four Indian reservations included under the designation. 

Grant applications will be accepted at USDA’s state office in Huron on a continual basis until funds are exhausted.   More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding.  More information can be found here