Clay County eligible for grants

Clay County eligible for grants USDA Rural Development State Director Lynn D. Jensen Lynn D. Jensen announced that $17.9 million in grant funds are available to develop essential community facilities � including schools, libraries, fire and rescue, public safety, hospitals, clinics, and multipurpose community centers � in rural areas experiencing extreme unemployment and economic depression.

The community facilities grants are made available through USDA Rural Development's business programs and earmarked for rural communities where the "not employed" rate is greater than 19.5 percent and where financial feasibility is not likely without the injection of grant funds to complete the essential community facility. Rural Development offers assistance to develop essential community facilities and services for public use in rural communities with populations less than 20,000.

In South Dakota the counties that have eligible areas include: Aurora, Bennett, Bon Homme, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Corson, Day, Dewey, Fall River, Faulk, Hanson, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jackson, Lyman, Marshall, McPherson, Mellette, Miner, Roberts, Shannon, Spink, Todd, and Walworth [there may be some areas within these counties that are not eligible due to median household income (MHI) limits]. To find out if your community is eligible, contact Dana Kleinsasser at (605)352-1142.

Authorized by the U.S. Congress, the economic impact grant initiative is administered through USDA Rural Development's business programs. Applications will be considered competitively, with communities having the lowest populations and lowest median incomes given selection priority.

Applications need to be submitted by June 1, to a local USDA Rural Development Office. State Director Jensen will forward eligible applications to the National Office to compete for funding consideration.

Further information is available by contacting one of USDA's nine office locations in Aberdeen, Huron, Watertown, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Yankton, Rapid City, Pierre, and Sturgis.

USDA Rural Development's mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on

rural programs is available

at a local USDA Rural

Development office or by visiting USDA's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov.

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