WASHINGTON, D. C. — Rural Americans in select states could benefit from investments by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in community facilities.

In a press release Wednesday, the USDA announced that of a total of $52 million will be invested into 45 projects in 16 states, including Missouri.

According to the press release, funding is available through the USDA’s Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. Anyone interested in applying for funding is encouraged to contact their local USDA Rural Development office.

Municipalities, nonprofit organizations and other public bodies are just some of the eligible applicants that can receive funding. A total of 100 different types of projects are able to receive money, provided they take place in towns with populations of 20,000 or less.

Bruce Lammers, the USDA Rural Housing Service Administrator, was quoted in the press release explaining why the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program and other USDA funding is important to rural America.

“Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to build the facilities that provide state-of-the-art services to those who depend on them,” Lammers stated, “Rural areas thrive when modern and accessible education, health care, public safety and municipal services are available. This provides a foundation for growth and prosperity.”

To find out more about the state projects, visit the USDA’s website or their Rural Development website to learn more about other Community Facilities programs.