In partnership with the ND Department of Commerce Division of Community Services, the RRRC manages the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program within the region. We are able to assist by providing CDBG grant funds for infrastructure improvements by providing direct grant funds to qualifying communities (with greater than 51% low to moderate income households) or through the payment of special assessments for qualifying low and moderate incomes households. For the period 2004 to 2013, the RRRC facilitated $2.2 million of CDBG grants to 18 projects within the region. These projects invested an additional $19.4 million for total improvements of $21.6 million.
The RRRC can also assist with making applications to USDA Rural Development for infrastructure. The USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provides loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste, and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities of 10,000 or less. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and recognized Indian tribes may qualify for assistance. WEP also makes grants to nonprofit organizations to provide technical assistance and training to assist rural communities with their water, wastewater, and solid waste problems. Program assistance is provided in many ways, including direct or guaranteed loans, grants, technical assistance, research and educational materials.
The RRRC has also established a relationship with a municipal bond advisor, AMKO Advisors, to develop the most optimal funding strategies for infrastructure projects with grant and debt structures.