Community agricultural nonprofits secure government grants

Jun. 10—The United States Department of Agriculture has allotted $250,000 to Zero Emissions Northwest and Partners for Rural Washington. This is to aid small-scale farm proprietors in their efforts to obtain federal assistance for updating their agricultural methods.

The allocation will assist farmers in Washington in transitioning to green energy solutions and advancements in energy conservation, as mentioned in a collective press statement from the organizations.

Services provided to rural farm owners, livestock herders, and small enterprises will encompass energy evaluations, assistance with grant applications, exploratory studies, and specialized guidance.

“Through offering specialized aid as an authorized service provider for the USDA, ZEN and PRW are equipped to aid rural communities throughout Washington in lowering their energy expenses and ecological footprint, thereby nurturing a more enduring future for everyone,” the communiqué articulated.

Partners for Rural Washington acts as the state’s designated Rural Development Council, a united lobbying body constituted of delegates from various governmental levels, including federal, state, local, and tribal, along with members from the commercial sector and charitable organizations. Such councils are formed through a memorandum of understanding between the Agriculture Department and the governor of the state.

In collaboration with Zero Emissions, an energy consultancy based in Spokane, the organization intends to deploy the funds obtained from the Department’s Rural Energy for America Program Technical Assistance Grant.

“This joint effort will empower us to amplify our impact and offer the necessary assistance to rural sectors aiming for enhanced energy efficiency and ecological responsibility,” stated David Funk, president of ZEN.

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