USDA Now Accepting Applications Under Strategic Economic and Community Development Program

Posted on: June 19th, 2015 by NADO Admin

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications under Section 6025 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/2642)).  USDA-Rural Development is authorized to provide funding priority to projects that support strategic economic and community development plans.  This new section allows USDA to apply priority points to funding applications for projects that support strategic development efforts on a regional and multi-jurisdictional basis.

Project applications seeking eligibility for Section 6025 priority points in fiscal year (FY) 2015 will compete only for the year-end pool of funds from the applicable Rural Development program.  Priority points will not be given to applications competing for FY2015 funding prior to the program’s year-end pool of funds.  The evaluation process for applications has not changed.  Only projects competing for a program’s year-end funding pool will need to provide the name of the multi-jurisdictional plan and a detailed description of how the project director supports the underlying plan.

To apply for Section 6025 priority points, applicants must submit Form RD 1980-88 (http://www NULL.naco NULL.org/legislation/policies/Documents/RD%201980-88_Section6025_application_form4_07_15 NULL.pdf) by July 31.  Click here (http://www NULL.gpo NULL.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-01/pdf/2015-13100 NULL.pdf) for more information on the regional language and how to apply.

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