Wisconsin Rural Development State Director Frank Frassetto announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $267 million in 103 infrastructure projects to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities.
“These infrastructure improvements demonstrate USDA’s commitment to ensure Wisconsin residents have access to clean drinking water,” Frassetto said. “Rural Development can help with upgrades, expansions and replacements of essential community facilities and we’re ready to be your partner to increase rural prosperity.”
USDA is making investments in 35 states through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The funds can be used to finance drinking water, storm water drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
Rural community leaders can apply for these funds electronically by using the interactive RD Apply tool. They can also apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices. 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 services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information visit rd.usda.gov/wi.