USDA Grants Support Local Projects In Rural Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Monday it is providing loans and grants to help people living in rural communities gain access to jobs, improved infrastructure, affordable housing and quality health care.

These grants are for communities in the federal government’s Rural Partners Network (RPN). Launched in April 2022 and expanded in November 2022, the RPN is now active in 10 states and Puerto Rico. 

West Virginia has two community networks listed on the network’s website

The first community network is “Southern West Virginia” and includes Mingo, Wayne, Lincoln, Boone, Logan, Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers and Fayette counties. The Southern West Virginia Community Network is hosted by the WV Community Development Hub.

The second community network is “West Virginia Pioneer Community Network” and includes Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Nicholas, Roane, Webster and Wirt counties. The Pioneer Community Network is hosted by Glenville State University.

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