USDA Grants Help Rural Communities in Nebraska

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The USDA Rural Development is seeking per-application for grants. These grants are available to public bodies, non-profit entities, and Indian tribes who desire to finance and facilitate the development of small and emerging private business in rural areas.

"Some of these projects that we can do with this program allows them to either bring funding into their community, and lend out to small businesses to help the economic development at a local level," said Business Program Specialist, Kelly Messenger.

The deadline to pre-apply is Feb. 24 and one organization the North Platte Chamber of Commerce says they will apply to help others.

"We can also use it at a revolving loan fund, so that would be money that we would loan out to assist a business that would then be repaid and loaned out to another business, and that would help," said Chamber President, Dan Mauk.

Last year four grants totaling $170,000 dollars were awarded to the state. The USDA says investing in rural America helps not only smaller communities but the entire nation.