USDA Invites Applications for Loans to Fund Community Facility Projects

Name
Jessica Bowser
City
Topeka
State
Kansas
Release Date
Mar 18, 2015
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USDA Rural Development has more than $22 million available in funding to be dispersed for community facility projects throughout Kansas. Funding is authorized through the Department’s Community Facilities Direct and Guaranteed Loan Program. 

“USDA provides critical financing to rural Kansas communities to improve essential services to rural Kansas residents,” stated USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark.  “With federal financial assistance, these communities are improving the quality of life for their residents, and creating communities that will span generations.”

USDA Rural Development’s community programs enhance the quality of life for rural Kansans by providing funds to public bodies, community-based non-profit organizations and Federally-recognized Tribes for essential community facilities and services. Funds may be used for a wide range of community projects. These include, but are not limited to projects such as those which will expand, improve, or construct:

  • Education Projects: Schools, libraries, technology upgrades
  • Health Care Projects: Medical clinics, hospitals, assisted living centers, mental health facilities, medical equipment, medical transportation
  • Local Food Projects: Farmers markets, food hubs, summer meals programs
  • Public Buildings Projects:  Courthouses, city halls, police stations and community centers
  • Public Safety Equipment Projects:  Street improvements, sidewalks, storm shelters, storm sirens, ambulances, fire trucks and equipment, and other emergency devices

The Community Facilities Program can make direct and guarantee loans to develop essential facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Direct loans are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, and special-purpose districts, as well as to non-profit organizations and tribal governments. Loan guarantees are also available to lenders such as banks, savings and loan companies and other lending institutions for essential community facilities.  In some circumstances, grants may be awarded to smaller communities.

Applications are now being accepted to fund projects meeting the criteria for community facility loan, guaranteed loan, and grant programs, as outlined on http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities-direct-loan-grant-program/ks

For more information on the Community Facilities Program, contact a USDA Rural Development Community Program Specialist near your location:

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $206.2 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.