Spotlight: COVID-19 Resources

USDA Leadership from Farm Production And Conservation and Rural Development Update Stakeholders On Accessing SBA Relief Programs
USDA issued guidance on the resources provided in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (HR.266) recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump.

USDA Launches COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide will help our rural leaders, whether they be in local government, education, health care, faith leadership, or any other capacity, understand what federal assistance is available to them during this unprecedented time.

Visit www.coronavirus.gov for the latest news from the CDC on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Visit www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus for the latest news from Rural Development on how we are helping our partners, customers, and stakeholders impacted by COVID-19.

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Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources

USDA COVID-19 Relief Measures:

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Additional COVID-19 resources are featured in the categories below.

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Housing Preservation Grant Program
USDA Rural Development offers grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens. Application Deadline: May 7, 2020

Rural Business Development Grant Program - Transportation Systems
USDA Rural Development offers grants to improve rural transportation systems for intermediaries seeking to provide rural communities with training and technical assistance to improve transportation services and facilities. Application Deadline: May 14, 2020

Revolving Funds for Financing Water and Wastewater Projects Program
USDA Rural Development program supports predevelopment costs for water or wastewater projects to finance short-term and small capital projects that are not part of regular operation and maintenance costs for water and wastewater systems. Application Deadline: June 12, 2020

HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program
United States Department of Health and Human Services provides grants to promote rural tele-emergency services with an emphasis on tele-stroke, tele-behavioral health, and Tele-Emergency Medical Services. Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD)
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that support regional economic and community development planning. Funding is authorized through a Farm Bill provision for applications submitted through Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, and Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees. Specific requirements and application deadlines apply. Funds must be obligated by June 30. 2020

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program
USDA Rural Development offers support to help rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Application Guide. Application Deadline: July 13, 2020 via grants.gov

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Economic Development

EMPOWERED
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding to support training programs that target professionals who interact with distributed energy resources, including solar energy systems, storage systems, “smart” building technologies, and alternative-fuel vehicles. Concept Paper: April 30, 2020

Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program
Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living can help finance assistive technology devices through a low-interest loan fund, an interest buy-down program, a revolving loan fund, a loan guarantee, or an insurance program. Application Deadline: May 15, 2020

Rural Community Development Initiative Program
USDA Rural Development offers grants to qualified intermediary organizations to provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facility or economic development projects in rural areas. Electronic Application Deadline: May 13, 2020 via grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: May 18, 2020

SAMHSA Treatment, Recovery, and Workforce Support Grants
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will make awards to support individuals in substance use disorder treatment to live independently and participate in the workforce. Application Deadline: June 1, 2020

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grants to plan or implement food projects to meet the needs of low-income individuals and increase community self-reliance concerning food and nutrition. Application Deadline: June 3, 2020

Rapid Response to Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Impacts Across Food and Agricultural Systems
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) program focuses on critical and urgent research, extension, or integrated solutions in response to COVID-19 and its impacts on the nation’s food and agricultural system. Application Deadline: June 4, 2020

FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - COVID-19 Supplemental
Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance to provide critically needed resources that equip personnel to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and support community resilience. Application Deadline: Open

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources to Support Rural Economic Development: