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Tribes encouraged to apply for grants

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation, encouraged North Dakota’s local governments, tribes  and agencies to apply for federal grants to help support home renovations and improvements for low-income families living in rural areas.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Housing Preservation Grants preserve and improve housing for rural low-income families, with as much as $3.9 million available for applicants. The funds can be used for a variety of needs, such as repairs to resolve health or safety issues or energy- efficiency improvements to reduce utility costs. Eligible applicants for the funds include town and county governments, federally recognized Indian tribes, public agencies, and non-profit and faith-based organizations.

Applications are due by July 28. Applicants can apply online at Applicants must complete and submit a Fiscal Year 2014 pre-application form, which can be found at www.rurdev.