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News by Topic: Infrastructure

May 5, 2021 - Blog post written by Cindy Howe, project manager for the Navajo Water Project, an initiative of DigDeep, an organization committed to ensuring everyone in America has clean, running water. Highlights their efforts to provide clean water to members of Navajo Nation in New Mexico.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Apr 27, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $1 billion to support COVID-19 related capital needs and construction and renovation projects for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program funded health centers. Nearly 1,400 health centers are eligible for the funding provided by the American Rescue Plan. Applications are due June 24, 2021.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Apr 27, 2021 - Notice of final rule with comment period from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS) regarding the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This rule removes the provisions relating to guaranteed loans, makes revisions to enhance program delivery and customer service for the REAP program, and incorporates changes to support a greater distribution of funds and processing and servicing clarifications. This rule is effective July 26, 2021. Comments are due by June 28, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 22, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development announced the department's investment of $487 million in critical infrastructure in rural communities across 45 states. Funding is provided through the Water and Environmental Program, the Rural Energy for America Program, the Electric Loan Program, and the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Apr 1, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is requesting public input to help create a new Rural Renewable Energy Pilot Program, which aims to support critical energy needs and advance economic opportunity in rural America. USDA will hold a virtual listening session on April 22, 2021 and comments may be submitted online until April 29, 2021.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mar 30, 2021 - Notice from the Rural Housing Service (RHS) seeking comment on the extension of a currently approved information collection and burden estimate for the Community Facilities Grant Program. Comments are due by June 1, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 18, 2021 - Highlights a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded research initiative that helps small water systems provide access to optimally fluoridated water in rural and underserved areas. Discusses disparities in access to dental care and preventive services and describes how drinking fluoridated water improves oral health outcomes.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mar 17, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to implement statutory provisions of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill), which made changes to several programs administered by the Water and Environmental Programs of RUS. This rule will expand assistance to rural communities to improve safe, reliable drinking water, and sanitary sewage treatment for households in rural areas by increasing the amount allowed for Revolving Funds for Financing Water and Wastewater Projects (Revolving Fund Program) total project costs from $100,000 to $200,000. This final rule is effective March 17, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 16, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $598 million rural electric loan package to build or improve electric infrastructure in 11 states. The investment will bring affordable electric power to rural residents, tribal communities, community facilities, schools, and medical institutions that perform critical services.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture