The Laura Jane Musser Fund wants to encourage collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education. Their Rural Initiative Program has funds available to communities in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wyoming. Deadline to apply is November 7, 2012, and funding decisions will be announced in February, 2013. To learn more, please visit their website: http://bit.ly/pviUTm.
Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding for rural water projects to create jobs and improve rural water and wastewater systems in 16 states including, AR, CA, IA, ID, IL, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NJ, NY, SC, VA, and WV. The $54 million in loans and $19 million in grants are being provided by USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to help communities build and upgrade water systems. “These improvements to rural water infrastructure will provide reliable access to clean water, improving public health while creating jobs that strengthen rural economies, ” Vilsack said.
For the full press release and additional information click here.
An article by Jeremy Dennison recently published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune brings to light the fact that “Most sewer and sanitation systems last between 30 and 50 years. Many of Minnesota’s are as old or older, and they could fail at any point.” The work that MAP does in Minnesota communities, as well as our eight other states, deals directly with helping to fix this very issue. Why wait for these systems to fail? Let’s act now. Click here to read the article in its entirety, and if you’re a small community in need of assistance, visit the MAP website to see how we can help.