Community Programs provides
grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in
rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Grants are
authorized on a graduated scale. The Community Facilities Grant Program
is typically used to fund projects under special initiatives, such as
Native American community development efforts; child care centers linked
with the Federal government's Welfare-to-Work initiative;
Federally-designated Enterprise and Champion Communities, and the
Northwest Economic Adjustment Initiative area.
Projects that will receive priority are those
communities - with the highest priority going to projects located in
a community with a population of 5,000 or less.
low-income communities - with the highest priority going to projects
serving communities with median household incomes below the higher
of the poverty line or 60 percent of the State non-metropolitan median
healthcare, public safety, or public and community services
A grant may be made in
combination with other CF financial assistance such as a direct or
guaranteed loan, applicant contributions, or loans and grants from other
For examples of essential community facilities click here.
Grant funds cannot be used to:
Pay any annual
recurring costs, including purchases or rentals that are generally
considered to be operating and maintenance expenses
repair electric generating plants, electric transmission lines, or
gas distribution lines to provide services for commercial sale
Pay costs to
construct facilities to be used for commercial rental where the
applicant has no control over tenants and services offered
facilities primarily for the purpose of housing State, Federal or
recreational facilities or community antenna television services or
filed with the USDA Rural Development field offices.
staff will be glad to discuss a community's needs and the services
available from Rural Development and sister agencies within USDA.
Detailed information and applications for financial assistance are
available through Rural Development State Offices.
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February 16, 2006