In the past, the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez campus has been among the entities that have received this type of grant to help disadvantaged rural communities. (Credit: FEMA/Eduardo Martínez).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications through May 23 to provide funding to help rural communities expand their ability to access financial resources to support the construction or upgrade of essential community facilities.
The funding is being made available through the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program, said Luis R. García, acting state director for rural development for USDA in Puerto Rico.
The grants enable eligible public entities as well as private and nonprofit organizations to provide technical assistance and training to help grantees identify and plan for community facility needs in their area. Once these needs have been identified, the beneficiary can seek additional public and private financial resources.
In the past, entities such as the Foundation for Puerto Rico, the Sila María Calderón Foundation, Pathstone Corporation, Centros Sor Isolina Ferre, and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus have received these types of grants to help disadvantage rural communities.
All paper applications must be postmarked and posted, shipped or sent overnight by 4 p.m. local time on May 26, 2022.