Rural Development Grants Released

Funding announced for disaster relief.

Agriculture Undersecretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager has announced the selection of 49 rural businesses, communities and rural public entities in 14 states to receive $4.7 million to assist in disaster relief efforts. The funds will go to areas affected by floods and tornadoes that have been declared disasters by the President. The funding is being provided under the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program.


Grants are available for rural projects to finance the development of small and emerging rural businesses, as well as distance learning networks and adult education and employment programs. Rural public entities, Indian tribes and rural private non-profit corporations are eligible to apply for funding.


Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at

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