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Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe among rural Nevada communities to share $237 million in federal grants

Special to First Nation's Focus

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Earlier this summer, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $237 million in 119 rural projects in 29 states.

"While many rural communities boast an array of natural resources and scenic and cultural amenities, they often lack the social and physical amenities necessary to build a foundation for rural prosperity," Hazlett said, while meeting with the Western Governor’s Association in June.

"Under the leadership of Secretary Perdue and through partnerships with small towns and cities, USDA is working to change that by investing in essential community facilities such as schools, public safety equipment, and modern medical facilities that attract new residents, retain existing ones and make rural communities competitive places to live, work and play."

In Nevada, multiple projects have used the USDA Community Facilities program funding. Boulder City Hospital used USDA’s Community Facility guaranteed loan of $4,271,300 to renovate one of its wings and add beneficial services at the Critical Access Hospital; the loan was guaranteed by Greater Nevada Credit Union.

The Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, meanwhile, was approved for USDA funding to purchase a front end loader using a $100,700 loan and $30,180 grant.

The City of Wells will be able to purchase X-ray equipment for its new medical center using a $36,600 loan and $19,700 grant. USDA CF grant funds helped Esmeralda County to purchase a 14-passenger van to transport seniors to medical appointments, and allowed the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office to purchase new cameras for their detention center.

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In Fernley, Community Chest was able to purchase office space where they can provide community support services. 

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for USDA Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally and state-recognized Native American tribes.

Applicants and projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less. There is no limit on the size of the loans. Loan amounts have ranged from $10,000 to $165 million.

 For more information visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/nv.