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Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

Open Date:

Continuous

Close Date:

Continuous

Eligible Recipients:

  • General Public
  • Local Government
  • Native/Tribal Entity
  • Non-profit
  • Private Sector
  • State Government

Program Purpose:

Economic Development

Reserved for Energy
Communities?

No

Upcoming Milestones:

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Overview

How may funds be used?
Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses.

Examples of essential community facilities include:

  • Health care facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes or assisted living facilities
  • Public facilities such as town halls, courthouses, airport hangars or street improvements
  • Community support services such as child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds or transitional housing
  • Public safety services such as fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles or equipment
  • Educational services such as museums, libraries or private schools
  • Utility services such as telemedicine or distance learning equipment
  • Local food systems such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs or greenhouses

For a complete list see Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR, Part 1942.17(d) for loans; 7 CFR, Part 3570.62 for grants.

What kinds of funding are available?

  • Low interest direct loans
  • Grants
  • A combination of the two above, as well as our loan guarantee program. These may be combined with commercial financing to finance one project if all eligibility and feasibility requirements are met.

What are the funding priorities?

  • Priority point system based on population, median household income
  • Small communities with a population of 5,500 or less
  • Low-income communities having a median household income below 80% of the state nonmetropolitan median household income

What are the terms?

Funding is provided through a competitive process.

Direct Loan:

  • Loan repayment terms may not be longer than the useful life of the facility, state statutes, the applicants authority, or a maximum of 40 years, whichever is less.
  • Interest rates are set by Rural Development, contact us for details and current rates.
  • Once the loan is approved, the interest rate is fixed for the entire term of the loan, and is determined by the median household income of the service area and population of the community.
  • There are no pre-payment penalties.
  • Contact us for details and current interest rates applicable for your project.

Grant Approval:

  1. Applicant must be eligible for grant assistance, which is provided on a graduated scale with smaller communities with the lowest median household income being eligible for projects with a higher proportion of grant funds. Grant assistance is limited to the following percentages of eligible project costs: Maximum of 75 percent when the proposed project is:
    • Located in a rural community having a population of 5,000 or fewer; and
    • The median household income of the proposed service area is below the higher of the poverty line or 60 percent of the State nonmetropolitan median household income.
  1. Maximum of 55 percent when the proposed project is:
    • Located in a rural community having a population of 12,000 or fewer; and
    • The median household income of the proposed service area is below the higher of the poverty line or 70 percent of the State nonmetropolitan median household income.
  1. Maximum of 35 percent when the proposed project is:
    • Located in a rural community having a population of 20,000 or fewer; and
    • The median household income of the proposed service area is below the higher of the poverty line or 80 percent of the State nonmetropolitan median household income.
  1. Maximum of 15 percent when the proposed project is:
    • Located in a rural community having a population of 20,000 or fewer; and
    • The median household income of the proposed service area is below the higher of the poverty line or 90 percent of the State nonmetropolitan median household income. The proposed project must meet both percentage criteria. Grants are further limited.
    • Grant funds must be available.

Are there additional requirements?

  • Applicants must have legal authority to borrow money, obtain security, repay loans, construct, operate, and maintain the proposed facilities
  • Applicants must be unable to finance the project from their own resources and/or through commercial credit at reasonable rates and terms
  • Facilities must serve rural area where they are/will be located
  • Project must demonstrate substantial community support
  • Environmental review must be completed/acceptable

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Loan
Total Amount Available:
$0
Limit per Applicant:
Up to 100% of market value. Term is for the useful life of the facility or equipment, based on State statute, or 40 years. Maximum grant 75% of project cost.
Estimated Awards:
Not stated

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

Contact your Rural Development State Office, which can be found at: https://www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/state-offices.

 

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