Oregon Rural Development Business and Industry Program
Community Programs in Oregon
USDA Rural Development's Community Programs staff administers a
variety of Federal loan guarantee, direct loan, and grant programs
designed to provide needed infrastructure (water & waste - WEP) and
community facilities (CF) for Oregon's rural communities.
Community Facility Loan Guarantees, Direct Loans and
Grants: To develop
essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities
include schools, libraries, childcare, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted
living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers,
public buildings and transportation.
Community Water Assistance Grants (ECWAG): To assist rural communities
that have experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking
water due to an emergency, or in which such decline is considered imminent, to
obtain or maintain adequate quantities of water.
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
Grants: Technical assistance and training funds to qualified
intermediary organizations to develop their capacity to undertake housing,
community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural
Water and Environmental Program Loan Guarantees, Direct Loans and Grants:
For drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste, storm drainage facilities and
water well systems in rural areas and cities and towns of 10,000 or less. Public
bodies, non-profit organizations and recognized Indian tribes may qualify for
assistance. The programs also makes grants to nonprofit organizations to provide
technical assistance and training to assist rural communities with their water,
wastewater, and solid waste problems.
Solid Waste Management Grants:
For evaluation activities,
technical assistance, or operator training to protect water quality and improve
planning and management of solid waste facilities.
Telecommunications Programs: Program support for rural broadband,
distance learning, telemedicine, and telecommunications infrastructure is
offered through the USDA Rural Development National Office.
Electric Programs: Loans and loan guarantees to finance to
acquire, construct, extend, upgrade, and otherwise improve energy generation,
transmission, or distribution facilities are offered through the USDA Rural Development National Office.