21 Montana counties registered with FEMA, $150 Million in USDA grants available
An additional $150 million in grants is available through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program to help rural communities with natural disaster recovery.
Montana has 21 counties that are eligible/registered with FEMA: Blaine, Carbon, Custer, Daniels, Golden Valley, Hill, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Liberty, McCone, Missoula, Musselshell, Park, Petroleum, Pondera, Powder River, Powell, Stillwater, Toole, Treasure, and Valley.
Please see the attached media release, and feel free to contact me with questions.
United States Department of Agriculture
2229 Boot Hill Court
Bozeman, Montana 59715
Phone: (406) 585 – 2587
http://www.rd.usda.gov/mt | “Together, America Prospers”
USDA to Provide $150 Million to Help Rural Communities Affected by Natural Disasters
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Montana State Director Charles Robison today announced that USDA is making an additional $150 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Program to help rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of fires and other natural disasters.
“USDA has additional infrastructure grant funds for disaster-impacted areas,” Robison said. “This is one more way USDA can support rural Montana communities and promote rural prosperity.
When rural Montana prospers, all of Montana prospers.”
The $150 million is included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act that President Trump signed into law on June 6, 2019. The grants may be used for relief in areas affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence; wildfires in 2018; and other natural disasters where FEMA has provided a notice declaring a Major Disaster Declaration and assigned a FEMA disaster recovery (DR) number. View the list of designated communities as of Sept. 8, 2019. Please check the FEMA website for regular updates and names of additional communities that may be added.
Montana has 21 counties that are eligible for natural disaster USDA grant funding, including: Blaine, Carbon, Custer, Daniels, Golden Valley, Hill, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Liberty, McCone, Missoula, Musselshell, Park, Petroleum, Pondera, Powder River, Powell, Stillwater, Toole, Treasure, and Valley. More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in eligible rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
Grant applications will be accepted at USDA Rural Development offices in Montana on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. Grant assistance will be provided on a graduated scale; smaller communities with the lowest median household income are eligible for a higher proportion of grant funds. For application details and additional information, see page 47477 of the Sept. 10 Federal Register.
In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue
presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a cornerstone recommendation of the task force.
To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB). USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit http://www.rd.usda.gov.
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