Lincoln, Nebraska, Jun 03, 2011 -- Community facilities are a critical element to rural communities’ infrastructure. Whether your project is for a fire and rescue building and equipment, community equipment, library, hospital or daycare, USDA Rural Development has funds to assist you.
USDA Rural Development, through its Community Facilities programs, offers direct and guaranteed loans, as well as some grants, to rural communities which have populations of 20,000 or less. Eligible to apply are nonprofit groups, public entities such as municipalities, counties, nonprofit corporations, special purpose districts, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribes.
A recent example of a Community Facility project in Nebraska is in the City of Pawnee City, where Rural Development helped the City purchase a 10-bin recycling trailer. Previously, the community’s citizens and business owners were only able to recycle aluminum, other metals and waste oil but today they are able to recycle #1 and #2 plastic, newspapers, chipboard, cardboard, metal cans, paper, magazines, and other recyclables. The community and school participation in the project showed their cohesiveness in bringing a stable, sustainable, recycling connection to its rural residents.
Another example is in Burwell, Nebraska where the Rural Development program helped the Garfield County Library with a new heating, ventilating and air conditioning system (HVAC), making the library more energy efficient, which in turn reduced their utility bills. Before the new system, the facility operated on inefficient forced air furnaces, a swamp cooler, and window air conditioners. The furnace was also costly to repair.
The Village of Bushnell, Nebraska utilized Rural Development funds to purchase a new backhoe that is used to repair and maintain the infrastructure of the community. The backhoe is used for street repair and maintenance, snow removal, mowing as well as digging graves and trenches. Replacing the old backhoe resolved trying to locate hard to find replacement parts and brought greater safety, as the old backhoe had a loosely swinging bucket and no windshield.
Rural Development would like to assist you with your next community facility project. Contact your local USDA Rural Development office which can be located at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/Contact_Us.htm or call the Rural Development State Office at (402) 437-5551.