USDA SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS TO REPAIR RURAL
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2009 – Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is accepting
applications for grants to help low- and very-low-income rural residents
repair their homes.
is a cornerstone of any thriving, stable community,” Vilsack said. “As
the Obama administration works to ensure that people remain in their
homes, it is more important than ever to make certain their homes are
safe, energy efficient, livable dwellings.”
Preservation Grants are provided to intermediaries such as town or
county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes,
and nonprofit and faith-based organizations. The grants are distributed
to homeowners or owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative
dwellings who rent to low- and very-low-income people.
can be used to weatherize and repair existing structures, install or
improve plumbing or provide access to people with disabilities. For
example, the Gateway Community Action Agency used a USDA Rural
Development Housing Preservation grant in 2008 to make accessibility,
weatherization and other improvements to William Reed’s home in
Owingsville, Ky. Gateway added insulation, weather stripping, seals
around doors and windows, an energy-saving shower head and more
efficient light bulbs.
USDA may award up to $10 million in
competitive grants through this notice. The grants to be awarded are
part of USDA Rural Development’s annual budget and are not funded
through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Applications are due by the close of
business July 10, 2009. Applications may be accessed electronically at
Also see the May 11, 2009,
Federal Register, page 21775.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to
increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural
residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances
business development and supports the creation of critical community and
technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is
available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA
Rural Development’s web site at