The White House has released a playbook for the development of rural infrastructure. Rod Bain has the story.
According to a White House news release, the plan:
- Identifies programs and sources of funds set aside for rural communities under the law. Over 60 percent of the funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be distributed via formulas to states and other recipients – while a subset of the remaining funds are available directly to communities via discretionary grants. A number of programs have specific portions of formula funds or competitive grants that are reserved for rural and disadvantaged communities, which the federal government either provides directly to communities or to intermediaries, like states, to distribute funding. The below list provides an overview of the key programs most relevant to rural communities with links to their application pages or department websites. Where able or applicable, the list also notes when funding opportunities will either become available or are already available.
- Provides an overview of key flexibilities and other benefits available to rural communities under the law such as waivers for matching requirements. As part of this effort, 7 key federal agencies have published rural factsheets that highlight how to leverage agency resources and capabilities to help rural communities. Links to their factsheets can be found below for more information.
- Department of Transportation
- Department of Commerce
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Department of the Interior
- Department of Energy
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
Read the complete playbook here.
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