USDA invests $60K in two of South Dakota’s rural communities

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Farm Forum

HURON, S.D. – On April 2, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for South Dakota Julie Gross announced that Reliance Fire Department and the town of Lesterville were awarded USDA funding to purchase equipment.

“Growth and prosperity are critical to rural communities,” said Gross. It is Rural Development’s mission to assist small communities and we are excited to provide Reliance Fire Department and the town of Lesterville funding for equipment purchases that will have a positive impact on these communities for many years. When rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

USDA is funding the projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. South Dakota projects:

• Reliance Fire Department will use a $10,000 loan to provide equipment to the volunteer fire department. The equipment purchased will include six sets of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units and a filling facility for the units.

• Town of Lesterville will use a $50,000 loan to purchase a payloader. The equipment will be used for snow removal, maintenance, repairs and town projects.

This announcement is part of a larger statement from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand who announced that USDA is investing $65 million to improve critical community facilities to benefit more than 600,000 rural residents in 14 states including in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.

Interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants, a detailed overview of the application process.