FEDERAL PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
This disaster declaration also includes funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state. With this funding, Illinois will be able to minimize the impact of future disasters by taking steps to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards. Grants are available to assist state and local governments.
RURAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is making $150 million in grants available across the United States through the Community Facilities Program
to help rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of natural disasters such as this year’s severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in the Midwest.
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 on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. Contact your local Area Office
for further information or assistance with the application process. For application details and additional information, see page 47477 of the Sept. 10 Federal Register
or contact your local USDA Rural Development Office
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 www.rd.usda.gov/il