The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that $150 million is now available through its Community Facilities Program for rural communities hit by natural disasters, including the severe flooding earlier this year in Nebraska.

“Many rural communities in Nebraska have a long way to go on the road to recovery following this year’s extreme flooding,” Sen. Deb Fisher said. “Because we fought to include Nebraska in disaster relief legislation earlier this year, our state is eligible for this Community Facilities Program and several others. I encourage our rural communities to look into this program and apply for assistance. This is another important step to advance Nebraska’s full recovery.”

Fisher is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.


More info from the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

The $150 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Program is intended to help rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of hurricanes, fires, and other natural disasters.

The grants may be used for natural disasters where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided a notice declaring a Major Disaster Declaration and assigned a FEMA disaster recovery number.

Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in eligible rural areas with populations of 20,000 or less.

Keith, Frontier, Lincoln, Logan, Dawson and Custer counties are on the eligible list.

Click here to see the full list of counties that are eligible.