Hoeven Announces $5.5 Million in USDA Loans, Grants to North Dakota

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $5.5 million in loans and grants to six North Dakota organizations. The funds are made available through USDA’s Community Facilities program, which provides loans, loan guarantees and grants to local governments and nonprofits to construct, enlarge or improve community facilities for health care, public safety and public services in rural areas and towns with populations up to 20,000.


“We are experiencing tremendous growth across North Dakota and we continue working to invest in important infrastructure to keep our communities vibrant,” said Hoeven. “These USDA grants will help to construct and renovate community buildings to meet the needs of the people they serve.”


The loans and grants are awarded as follows:


  • Candeska Cikana Community College - a $4,491,250 loan to construct a centrally-located new Head Start facility and a $145,302 grant to construct the second phase of the campus’ cultural center, which will be used to house artifacts and hold community events
  • Maddock Opera House - a $226,900 loan and a $50,000 grant to renovate the top floor and stairway
  • Fort Berthold Community College - a $145,302 grant to add a greenhouse addition
  • Sitting Bull College - a $145,302 grant to construct the second phase of the campus’ paving and lighting project, which will connect the northeastern and southeastern portions of the campus
  • Turtle Mountain Community College - a $145,302 grant to upgrade and replace roofing on the campus’ medical building
  • United Tribes Technical College - a $145,302 grant to renovate two streets, correcting drainage problems on campus


As a member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture and Appropriations Committees, Hoeven continues working to support rural development programs, which promote infrastructure investment in and help grow North Dakota’s rural communities. The senator also served on the Senate-House Conference Committee that negotiated the final version of the new five-year farm bill which reauthorized and strengthened programs in support of rural communities.