USDA Rural Development is seeking grant applicants for the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program for FY 2016 funding. Small matching grants, between $5,000 and $25,000, are available in support of rural community-based initiatives include, but are not limited to non-profit schools, day cares, fire protection, public safety and medical facilities. Grants can be used to purchase items such as equipment, furniture, computers, appliances and vehicles.
Last year, the Hawaii / Western Pacific region received eight community facility grant awards totaling $193,900. While applications are accepted year round, funds are made available in the order eligible applications are approved. To qualify, facilities must primarily serve rural residents and be in a community of than 20,000. Matching grant percentages and eligibility are based on income, population and need.
For more information, contact Community Programs at (808) 933-8317 or a local area office.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way-strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.