Toa Baja recently received a nearly $3.4 million low-interest Community Facility Direct loan to fund emergency vehicle purchases. (Source: Paul Kazmercyk | Dreamstime.com)
The city of Toa Baja recently received a nearly $3.4 million low-interest Community Facility Direct loan to fund the purchase of emergency vehicles and equipment, announced Luis R. García, USDA acting state director for rural development in Puerto Rico.
The funding is part of a $1 billion investment the federal agency is making to build and improve critical community facilities in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Guam.
This infrastructure funding will improve access to healthcare, education and public safety while driving community development and building robust infrastructure for people in rural communities.
“These loans and grants will help rural communities invest in facilities and services vital to all communities, such as health facilities, schools, libraries and first responder vehicles and equipment,” USDA Assistant Secretary Jewel Bronaugh said.
“When we invest in essential services in rural America, we create opportunity and prosperity for the people who make their home in rural communities,” she said.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for community agency funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies and non-profit organizations. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less. Click for more information here.