U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Colorado State Director Sallie Clark announced that USDA is awarding a $280,000 loan to Prairie Family Center in Burlington, CO. USDA is making the investment through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program.
This investment will be used by the entity to purchase an existing building in Burlington for their thrift store, food bank, offices and family resource programs. The new building is larger than their currently leased building and will provide better accessibility and parking for visitors.
“Ensuring that rural residents have accessibility to the support programs they need is an important part of USDA’s mission. This new building will afford residents of Kit Carson County the opportunity to engage in vital community services in a convenient centralized one-stop location,” said Clark. Prairie Family Center is a nonprofit servicing all of Kit Carson County and the surrounding areas.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities program funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
Interested parties should contact their local USDA Rural Development Colorado Office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants, a detailed overview of the application process.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/co.