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Rural Health
News by Topic: Infrastructure

Jan 19, 2022 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) announces the availability of up to $10 million in competitive grants awarded to Rural Energy Community Partnerships (RECP). This funding will be available to assist eligible entities with planning, installing, equipping, and maintaining community-scale distributed renewable energy technologies, systems, and resources. Letters of intent are due by April 19, 2022, and applications are due by July 18, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 18, 2022 - Describes initiatives between January 2021 and January 2022 that respond to climate change and address disruptions in rural areas, including programs focused on sustainable energy, disaster preparation, food resilience, and economic development. Notes additional USDA investment through the Rural Development program supporting rural infrastructure, housing, healthcare and public safety, and broadband internet.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dec 16, 2021 - Announces funding in excess of $1 billion over 10 years to support new broadband deployment in 32 states. Describes the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and the Federal Communication Commission's process for reviewing applications.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Dec 16, 2021 - Announces $5.2 billion in infrastructure funding to expand broadband internet access, clean water, and reliable electricity in rural areas in 46 states and Puerto Rico. Highlights funded projects that support healthcare and population health and offers links to 7 grant programs receiving USDA investment.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dec 12, 2021 - Reports on investments in housing and infrastructure in rural Alaska Native villages, supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Describes the importance of new housing development, safe and reliable drinking water, and waste management to population health in the communities.
Source: Anchorage Daily News
Nov 30, 2021 - Describes the health impacts of the lack of piped water and sewage service on remote, largely Indigenous Arctic villages in Alaska. Discusses water and sanitation needs in the communities and challenges to obtaining infrastructure funding.
Source: Arctic Today
Nov 24, 2021 - Announces that state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, corporations, organizations, and companies can apply for $1.5 billion in ReConnect Program funding to increase access to high-speed internet in rural areas. Describes program eligibility and the application process.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture