WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is investing around $68 million into rural communities across America and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Funding is made available through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program, which plans to fund 20 projects benefiting about 715,000 Americans.

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According to a press release Wednesday, these loans will help rural communities improve their infrastructure with projects announced in 13 states, including Missouri.

Eligible applicants for the loans are municipalities, nonprofit organizations, public bodies and Native American tribes that are recognized by the federal government. Communities that apply for loans must have a population of 20,000 or less.

For more information about the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program, visit the USDA Rural Development website.