Earlier this week we highlighted some of the projects being funded by grant dollars from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD).
There are still grants available through disaster funding and more grants to come.
Audio: Full Interview with Darin Leach, Acting State Director for USDA RD in Iowa
Darin Leach is the acting Iowa State Director for USDA RD. He talks about the extra dollars available to rural communities through the Community Facilities Grants. These grants can help with areas like medical, educational, public facilities, and more.
Leach says that they are also looking ahead to funds provided under the “American Rescue Plan.” Those rules are still being developed at this time, but Leach says that should be some great opportunities available for communities. He encourages towns to put their plans together for these funds.
Leach tells us about what communities can qualify for these CF Grants from USDA RD. These grants are competitively awarded. Leach encourages these communities to get in touch with the Rural Development office to get the process going.
Leach says that programs through Rural Development are very broad in scope and allow them to offer assistance over such a wide variety of services for rural communities around the state.
You can call USDA Rural Development in Iowa at 515-284-4663
Check their website at https://www.rd.usda.gov/ia