Congressman Gonzalez Announces Hidalgo County is Eligible for USDA Disaster Aid
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $150 million in grants available to rural communities across the United States affected by natural disaster including those in Hidalgo County. The grants may be used for relief in areas affected by natural disaster such as hurricanes, tornados, and the recent devastating floods in the Rio Grande Valley.
“I thank the Administration and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue for making this aid available for our rural communities who were affected by devastating flooding in the recent past,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “I encourage those in Hidalgo County who were affected by these natural disasters to take full advantage of these resources.”
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in eligible rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
The $150 million is included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act which passed with bipartisan support from both chambers of Congress. Eligible applicants for relief must be in areas affected by natural disasters where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided a notice declaring a Major Disaster Declaration and assigned a FEMA disaster recovery (DR) number. The list of designated communities is available here and additional communities may be added.
Grant applications will be accepted at USDA state offices on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. Grant assistance will be provided on a graduated scale; smaller communities with the lowest median household income are eligible for a higher proportion of grant funds.
USDA Rural Development
Edinburg Area Office – Hidalgo County
2514 South Veterans Blvd., Ste 4 Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: (956) 383-4928
Fax: (844) 496-7917