Virginia News and Announcements

December 2016

Welcome to USDA Rural Development’s Virginia newsletter. Here you’ll find funding news, rural Virginia stories and opportunities for learning and networking.

Funding News

Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems

Accepting applications for grants to provide technical assistance for rural transportation systems under the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program. Applications due no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 31, 2017.

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Water & Waste Disposal Revolving Loan Funds

Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has announced its Revolving Fund Program (RFP) for FY 2017. Under the RFP, qualified private non-profit organizations may receive RFP grant funds to establish a lending program for eligible entities.

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Household Water Well System Grants
RUS will make grants to qualified private non-profit organizations to establish lending programs for homeowners to borrow up to $11,000 to construct or repair household water wells. Deadline is Feb. 6, 2017.

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Rural Economic Development Loans and Grants

Loans of up to $1 million and grants of up to $300,000 are available to assist with business start-up and expansion costs, business incubators, feasibility
studies, advanced networks, training and more.

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Solid Waste Management, Technical Assistance and Training Grants

The grants help rural areas reduce or eliminate water pollution and improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas.

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Virginia Stories

USDA and Habitat for Humanity Partner to Provide a Home for the Holidays

Fall leaves crunched beneath the feet of Veronica and Luis Hernandez this November as they walked up the sidewalk to their newly constructed home in Ashland, Va. Beaming with their two children, Luis and Sophia, the family gazed at the house that months ago was vacant land.

Until that moment, the Hernandez family had always lived in a rented house that they believed never really felt like “home.” Their faces revealed a realization that their long-awaited dream of home ownership had finally become a reality.

This new reality began to take shape in November 2016 when USDA Rural Development partnered with the Hanover Habitat for Humanity to produce an affordable housing partnership that brought the homeowner ship dream to life. USDA Rural Development provided the Hernandez family with a $154,950 Single Family Housing Direct Loan that helped invest in construction materials and purchase of the land, while Hanover Habitat for Humanity contributed all of the labor for construction.

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Learning Opportunity

USDA Webinar: Rural America at a Glance
Dec. 7, 1–2 p.m.
Registration and other information available at

Contact us

USDA Rural Development Virginia
1606 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 238
Richmond, VA 23229

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