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Friday, September 18, 2015

USDA Loans To Build Broadband in Rural Areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of loans to build broadband in rural areas, along with changes to the program required by the 2014 Farm Bill. To be eligible, an applicant must serve an area where at least 15 percent of the households are unserved. Applications with the most unserved households will be processed first. The maximum loan amount is $20 million. For more information, contact Shawn Arner at 202-720-0800.

Grant Opportunities Available in Tennessee

The following grant opportunities are available:

  • Solid Waste Grants
    Three grants are available (Waste Reduction Grant, Used Oil Grant, Recycle Equipment Grant); applications are due Oct. 1. For more information, contact Loretta Harrington at 615-532-0086.

  • Transportation Alternatives Grant
    Eligible projects include pedestrian and bicycle facilities, conversion of abandoned railway corridors, scenic turnouts and overlooks, vegetation management, archaeological activities and more; applications are due Nov. 3. Contact Melissa Davis at or 731-668-6417.
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