New Program Aims to Help Rural America Tap More Federal Funding

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By Kery Murakami

APRIL 20, 2022

The Biden administration initiative is starting in five states and there are plans to expand it.

The Biden administration announced Wednesday it will deploy U.S. Department of Agriculture staff into at least 25 rural areas in five states to help local communities with accessing federal economic development dollars, Covid recovery aid and infrastructure funding.

In a call with reporters on Tuesday, a senior administration official noted that many of these localities have limited staff and can struggle to figure out what grants are available or how to apply for them. USDA’s Rural Development division is leading the initiative, working along with 16 federal agencies and regional commissions.

While staff for the program—who are trained in community development—will come from USDA, they will help communities navigate the complex federal funding process for all agencies. View the full article:

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