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 but assist in the development and sustainability of rural America.

Community Facilities Programs

Resources for Auditors

2019 Compliance Supplement Update

USDA is delaying the implementation of the continuing compliance requirements for the FY 2019 audits of CFDA 10.766/10.780.  Thus, audits of 10.766/10.780 for 2019 may continue to be conducted under the JUNE 2019 compliance supplement (not the updated August 2019 supplement).  This means that entities that did not have new expenditures under 10.766/10.780  (as defined by 2 CFE 200.502(b)) during FY 2019 will not have to report 10.766/10.780 awards on the SEFA for FY 2019. 

However, USDA does plan to move forward with the continuing compliance requirements for 10.766/10.780 awards in the FY 2020 Compliance Supplement.  At this time, those requirements have not been finalized, but please be aware that the FY 2020 Compliance Supplement is subject to change to include continuing compliance requirements.

Community Facilities Publications

America’s rural communities are an important link in the nation’s transportation network. Coast-to-coast, border-to-border, city-to-city, and farm-to-market, rural transportation systems connect our country. USDA Rural Development’s flexible Community Facilities Programs can help bring needed resources and innovation to create a framework for rebuilding transportation infrastructure in rural America. This resource provides information on how the Community Facilities Program can support rural transportation infrastructure.

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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 facility 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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