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Nearly $1.7M for rural Montana Housing & Economic Development secured

Funding to improve access to housing, Tribal Colleges, and economic development

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U.S. SENATE — Jon Tester recently announced $1,689,616 in United States Department of Agriculture funding will improve access and quality of affordable housing, Tribal Colleges, and economic development in rural Montana.

“These resources will ensure that folks across Montana have access to affordable housing, education, and employment opportunities that help our communities thrive,” Tester said.

The funding is a part of the USDA’s Rural Development Awards program, and the 12 Montana grants will be distributed through the following four programs:

Rural Community Development Initiative 

RCDI grants are awarded to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities, and federally recognized Tribes to support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. The local recipients below will use the funding to aid in planning for future community development opportunities and the development of community facilities.

· $66,480: Mission West Community Development Partners in Ronan

Tribal College Initiative Gants

Tribal College Initiative Grants provide funding to 1994 Land Grant Institutions (Tribal Colleges) to make capital improvements to their educational facilities and to purchase equipment. The recipients below will use the funding for a range of facility improvements, equipment purchases, and infrastructure upgrades.

· $175,448: Salish-Kootenai College in Pablo

Housing Preservation Grants 

Housing Preservation Grants restructure loans for existing Rural Rental Housing and Off-Farm Labor Housing projects to help improve and preserve the availability of safe affordable rental housing for low income residents. The recipients below will use the funding to conduct home repairs for low income, elderly Native American homeowners.

· $50,000: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grants 

The primary objective of the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant program is to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. (No local recipients)

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