Community Facilities Programs

Essential community infrastructure is key in ensuring that rural areas enjoy the same basic quality of life and services enjoyed by those in urban areas. Community Facilities Programs offer direct loans, loan guarantees and grants to develop or improve essential public services and facilities in communities across rural America. These amenities help increase the competitiveness of rural communities in attracting and retaining businesses that provide employment and services for their residents.

Public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized American Indian Tribes can use the funds to construct, expand or improve facilities that provide health care, education, public safety, and public services. Projects include fire and rescue stations, village and town halls, health care clinics, hospitals, adult and child care centers, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, public buildings, schools, libraries, and many other community based initiatives. Financing may also cover the costs for land acquisition, professional fees, and purchase of equipment. These facilities not only improve the basic quality of life, and assist in the development and sustainability of rural America.

Rural Development Community Facilities Programs:

Introducing the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants, a step by step guide to helping applicants apply for a Community Facilities Direct loan. This guide book outlines the application process, financial feasibility requirements, construction and closing of an essential community faciltiy for small towns and rural areas.

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Check out the Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit, a guide to helping organizations and community leaders better understand the complex process that is required to successfully develop and construct a new facility. This Toolkit outlines the major capacity, credit, and logistical challenges that particularly confront America’s small towns and rural areas.

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