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USDA extends application deadline for grants to help repair housing in rural communities

Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications for grants to make housing repairs for low- and very-low-income rural residents and has extended the deadline to March 15, 2016.

The grants are being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant Program. This program is intended to help rural homeowners and rental housing owners repair and improve their properties. Funds may be used to resolve health or safety issues, make accessibility modifications for people with disabilities, or make energy efficiency improvements to reduce utility costs.

Eligible applicants for Housing Preservation Grants include town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations. USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners under this program.

Funding is limited, and applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis with scoring preference for applications that serve very-low-income households, demonstrate leveraged funding, show the applicant's capacity to successfully manage a housing repair program, and address other considerations as listed in the Federal Register notice.

> Read additional eligibility information.

Applications are accepted on an annual basis through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in the Federal Register.

> Read more about the extended deadline.
> Discover more about the grant.
> Read the grant overview.
> Contact your Rural Development State Office with questions.

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