Brown announces $245,000 for rural development in Ohio

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development has awarded 13 grants for renewable energy and Energy Efficiency from the Rural Energy Program for America (REAP), and a Community Facilities Disaster Grant totaling $245,000 to communities in Ohio.

“We need to make sure Ohio communities have the resources they need to grow local economies and improve the daily lives of residents,” Brown said. “My office and I will continue to work with community partners to ensure these communities continue to get the support they need.”

To see the full list of grants, please visit HERE.

USDA’s Office of Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunity and create jobs in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural areas.

The Inflation Reduction Act 2022, which President Biden signed last week, includes $1.9 billion for REAP — a historic 280% increase in funding for the program, a significant provision Brown has backed. This will help strengthen the national solar manufacturing sector in Ohio and across the country and continue to fund energy efficiency improvements for farms and rural businesses.

Brown was a leader for rural communities in Ohio, secure successfully a number of important provisions for Ohio farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill. He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 50 years.

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