USDA Housing Preservation

Grants available

Federal grants are available to support home renovations and improvements for low-income families living in rural areas, according to the office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

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 All applicants also must complete and submit a Fiscal Year 2014 pre-application form, which can be found online at

2nd annual canned food drive July 21

at the NDSF

With the great impact it made in 2013, the North Dakota State Fair is hosting its second annual canned food drive during the North Dakota State Fair on Monday, July 21. State Fair staff are asking all patrons to help in their contribution to the Great Plains Food Bank by donating a non-perishable food item at the admission gates.

The State Fair has teamed up with the Minot Area Community Foundation with a common goal to raise $10,000 for local food banks. Every dollar the North Dakota State Fair raises from now until July 21, the Minot Area Community Foundation will match. Starting now, cash and checks addressed to the Great Plains Food Bank can be brought or mailed to the North Dakota State Fair office. On July 21, canned food donations and monetary donations can be brought to any gate on the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.