USDA Invests in Rural Infrastructure to Combat Climate Change
USDA announced investments of $121 million in critical infrastructure to combat climate change across rural America. The investments include $111 million for 289 projects to help people living in socially vulnerable communities. This announcement includes funding awards through three programs specifically designed to help people and businesses in rural areas: Community Facilities Disaster Grants, Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants, and Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development Grants. The funding will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems as well as make energy efficiency improvements.