Provides approximately $700 million in grants and loans for a one-time reduction in the backlog of applications pending on May 13, 2002, for loans and grants for water and waste disposal and emergency community water assistance.
Reauthorizes, with no funding, the emergency community water assistance grant program and adds imminent decline in water quality and quantity as an eligible program purpose.
Authorizes, with no funding, the Rural Water Circuit Rider Program to provide technical assistance for daily operations of rural water and waste water systems.
Authorizes, with no funding, water and waste facility grants for Native American tribes.
Reauthorizes, with no funding, grants for water systems for rural and native villages in Alaska.
Authorizes, with no funding, grants to nonprofits to capitalize a revolving fund to finance predevelopment costs and facility improvements for water and waste disposal facilities.
Authorizes, with no funding, grants to nonprofit organizations to capitalize a revolving fund to finance homeowners' water well systems.
Authorizes, with no funding, grant assistance to communities under 2,500 in population to prepare feasibility or environmental studies for environmental projects.
Provides nearly $2 billion for direct loans and loan guarantees, through 2007, to improve the access to broadband telecommunications services in communities with less than 20,000 residents.
Provides $1 billion, through 2006, for local television service to households in non-served and underserved rural areas.
Authorizes, with no funding, grants for radio transmitters to increase coverage in rural areas of NOAA's all-hazards weather radio broadcast system.
Authorizes, with no funding, loans to expand or improve 911 access and integrated emergency communication systems in rural areas.
Provides $44 million in grants and $280 million in debt guarantees for a new Rural Business Investment Program to assist companies that will make equity investments in rural businesses.
Provides for a simplified application for business and industry loans of less than $400,000.
Allows for business and industry loans and guarantees for more types of renewable energy systems, such as wind energy system and anaerobic digesters.
Authorizes $115 million in funding authority through 2007 for a new grant, loan, and loan guarantee program to assist farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses in buying renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements.
Expands authority to make loans to cooperatives and for cooperative stock purchases.
Provides approximately $33 million annually in grants through 2006 for valued-added agricultural product marketing development grants.
Provides $3 to 6 million annually in grants through 2004 for a new Agriculture Innovation Center Demonstration Program to provide technical assistance, business, and market planning for valued-added businesses.
Authorizes, with no funding, the training of farmworkers in new technologies for higher value crops.
Enhances the Rural Business and Industry Loan Program for value-added producers, firms and cooperatives.
Provides $10 million annually in grants through 2007 for a Rural Firefighters and Emergency Medical Personnel Training Program.
Authorizes, with no funding, Community Facilities grants to Tribal colleges and universities.
Requires at least 10 percent of Community Facilities funds to be reserved for child care until April 1 of each fiscal year.
Authorizes, with no funding, grants to improve infrastructure, service, and business development in rural areas that have an out-migration of greater than 5 percent.
Authorizes, with no funding, grants for Rural Development to pay the federal share of the cost of establishing and operating a national rural telework institute.
Authorizes, with no funding, a historic barn preservation program.
Provides $95 million in grants for a Rural Strategic Investment Program to fund regional strategic plans and infrastructure development. Establishes a National Board on Rural America to oversee the program. Also provides funds for a Conference on Rural America.
Revises the definition of rural areas for business, water, and community facilities programs.
Authorizes, with no funding, a National Rural Development Partnership program.
Authorizes, with no funding, a Northern Great Plains Regional Authority to plan and fund development strategies in a 5 state area - Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota.
Providing Programs and Services that Enhance Rural America