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USDA Seeks Applications to Support Rural Transportation


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Feb. 18 announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to improve rural transportation systems.

USDA is making the grants available under the Rural Business Development Grants program for intermediaries seeking to provide rural communities with training and technical assistance to improve transportation services and facilities. USDA does not provide funding directly to individuals under this program.

Applications will be scored reviewed and selected on a competitive basis. Applications must be submitted to the applicant's nearest USDA office by May 14, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. local time. Additional information is available on page 8549 of the Feb. 14, 2020, Federal Register.

USDA encourages applications that will support recommendations made in to help improve the quality of life in rural America. Key strategies include:

• Achieving e-connectivity for rural America; developing the rural economy

• Harnessing technological innovation supporting a rural workforce

• Improving quality of life

USDA also encourages applications that will support the administration’s goal to combat substance use disorder, including opioid misuse, in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to address prevention, treatment and/or recovery.

USDA encourages applications for projects located in rural Opportunity Zones. Localities qualify as Opportunity Zones if they have been nominated for that designation by the state and that nomination has been certified by the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury via his delegation of authority to the Internal Revenue Service.


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