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Resources and Publications

Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA)
USDA Rural Development (RD) continues to support the implementation of BABAA as it energizes domestic manufacturing, strengthens supply chains, and creates good jobs for people of all backgrounds and experiences across the United States. RD has been approved to offer waivers to help meet BABAA requirements. Please see the waiver section of the webpage, or contact your local RD State Office, for more information.

Greenlights Grant Initiative
The “Just Keep Livin Foundation” program is designed to help school districts access federal funding to create safer schools. They offer links to grants and grant writing resources. 

Dig into your Food Network:


Success Stories

Water District PhotoCollaboration and Climate Resilience: Seal Rock Water District Finds A New Source: Seal Rock’s drinking water was in danger and for nearly 50 years, Seal Rock Water District (SRWD) relied on water purchased from a nearby town. With a $1.5 million Water and Waste Disposal Grant, SRWD was able to build a new treatment plant and 500,000-gallon reservoir above the coastal tsunami impact zone, as well as install emergency backup generators. The new system was not only more resilient but also capable of monitoring for leaks or unintentional overuse, saving residents’ money while significantly conserving water.

Regional Health Center Success PhotoUSDA Rural Development celebrates Chugachmiut Regional Health Center groundbreaking:

USDA Rural Development Alaska State Director Julia Hnilicka attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Chugachmiut Regional Health Center in Seward, Alaska, Saturday, June 3, 2023. The occasion marked the start of construction of the $20 million facility. USDA Rural Development is helping fund the project with $11 million from the Emergency Rural Health Care Grant Program.

USDA Community Facilities Loan Helps Airport expandPositioning a Virginia Airport for Landing More and Bigger Clients: The Shenandoah Valley Airport (SHD) approached USDA RD about a loan to build a new structure on their 400-acre property. SHD is the smallest of Virginia’s nine commercial service airports but generates about $70 million in economic activity annually. RD approved a $3,086,500 Community Facilities Direct Loan to construct a new hangar and replace aging fuel farm tanks.


Events and Learning

7/25: USDA RD Stakeholder Listening Sessions on Decoupling as a Preservation Tool for the Multifamily Housing Portfolio: Stakeholders are invited to provide input on how these changes may impact policies, program requirements and operations under the Multifamily Housing Direct Loans and Multifamily Housing Rental Assistance programs. Stakeholder Announcement.

Photo of tent7/27: Exploring Outdoor Recreation as a Component for Economic Diversification Webinar, hosted by National Association of Counties (NACo) through EDA's Building Resilient Economies in Coal Communities (BRECC) Community of Practice.

10/24-27: The 2023 National Rural Housing Conference (NRHC), Washington, DC



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