Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $1,162,000 in funding to help small towns and communities in Arkansas that have been affected by natural disasters.
"When disasters strike, USDA works with local and state officials to assist them so that communities and businesses can get back on track," Vilsack said. "This funding will help residents of rural communities in counties that have been declared disaster areas by President Obama in their recovery efforts."
A total of more than $31.6 million is being made available to 14 states through the Rural Development's Community Facilities program, which finances essential buildings and equipment for public use in rural areas. These funds, which are competitively awarded through an application process, are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov.
Funds may be used to purchase first responder vehicles and equipment such as fire and police and medical emergency vehicles, emergency generators, computers, snow plows, truck plows and other essential equipment.
USDA, under its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of 6,100 employees located in 500 national, state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $130 billion in loans and loan guarantees.