What does this program do?
This program provides funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.
An essential community facility is one that provides an essential service to the local community, is needed for the orderly development of the community, serves a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
Who may apply for this program?
- Public bodies
- Federally-recognized Tribes
What is an eligible area?
- Rural areas including; cities, villages, townships, towns and federally-recognized Tribal Lands, with no more than 20,000 residents that have a “Not Employed Rate” greater than 19.5%
- The median household income of a community being served must be below 90% of the state non-metropolitan median household income for grant eligibility
- Grant assistance is based on a graduated scale determined by population, median household income, total project costs and financial need
How may funds be used?
To construct, enlarge or improve community facilities for health care, public safety and public service. Grants may be made in combination with other financial assistance such as a Community Facilities direct or guaranteed loan, applicant contribution or funding from other sources.
Examples of essential community facilities include:
- Health Care: hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities
- Public Facilities: city/town/village halls, courthouses, airport hangers, street improvements
- Community Support Services: child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds, transitional housing
- Public Safety: fire halls, police stations, prisons, jails, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles and equipment
- Educational: museums, libraries, private schools
- Utility: telemedicine, distance learning
- Local Food Systems: community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs, greenhouses, kitchen appliances
- For a complete list, see Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3570.7
What kind of funding is available?
- Grants up to 75% of eligible project cost based on need and funding availability
- Applicant must be eligible for grant assistance, which is determined by the population and median household income of the service area
- Grant funds must be available
Are there additional requirements?
- Applicants must be unable to finance the project from their own resources and/or through commercial credit at reasonable rates and terms
- Facilities must serve the rural area where they are/will be located
- Projects must demonstrate substantial community support
- Environmental review must be completed and determined to be acceptable
- Priorities are given to projects related to public health and safety, energy efficiency and education
How do we get started?
- Contact your local office to discuss your specific project
- Applications for this program are accepted through your local office year round
- Program resources are available online (includes forms, guidance and certifications)
Who can answer questions?
Contact your local office.
What governs this program?
Code of Federal Regulation; 7 CFR 3015, and 7 USD 1926 (a) (20) (B).
Why does USDA Rural Development do this?
This program helps very small, financially distressed rural communities extend and improve community facilities and public safety. These improvements save tax dollars, improve the natural environment and increase economic development as manufacturers and other types of businesses can locate or expand operations in the rural communities.
NOTE: Because citations and other information may be subject to change, please always consult the program instructions listed in the section above titled "What Law Governs this Program?" You may also contact your local office for assistance.
NOTE: If state specific forms are not shown above, please refer to the application materials listed below to start the process of applying. Please ensure that your state is selected in the dropdown menu above to find the State Office contact information for this program and speak to a Community Programs Specialist before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you valuable time in the process.
Application checklist for use with this program:
There are no other additional requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above.
Main Phone Number: (530) 792-5800
USDA Rural Development
Attn: Community Programs
430 G St, Agency 4169
Davis, CA 95616
Lisa Butler, California Community Facilities Program Director
Katie Schmitt, CP Specialist
Lisa Butler, CP Specialist
Christina Swegles, CP Specialist
Lantenna Hungate, CP Specialist
Judy Moran, Architect
Mike Starinsky, Engineer
Alturas Office: Serving Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama Counties
Mike Colbert, Area Specialist
(530) 233-4137 ext. 112
Angela Cross, Alturas Office
(530) 233-4137 ext. 113
Auburn Office: Serving Nevada, Placer, Sierra and Yuba Counties
Michael Velez, Area Specialist
Davis Office: Serving Alameda, Alpine, Contra Costa, Mono, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties
Andy Jacobs, Area Specialist
Elk Grove Office: Serving El Dorado, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano and Yolo Counties
Doug Colucci, Area Specialist
Tenna Hungate, Area Specialist
Fresno Office: Serving Fresno County
Sally Tripp, Area Specialist
Fresno Office: Serving Inyo, Kern and Madera Counties
Antonio Ybarra, Area Specialist
Imperial Office: Serving Imperial, Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties
Luis Andrade, Area Specialist
(760) 355-2208 ext. 108
Daniel Cardona, Area Specialist
(760) 355-2208 ext. 107
Modesto Office: Serving Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties
Jose Guardado, Area Specialist
Tonja Galentine, Area Specialist
Oroville Office: Serving Butte, Colusa, Glenn and Sutter Counties
Colleen Crowden, Area Specialist
Phelan Office: Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties
Christina Swegles, Area Specialist
Salinas Office: Monterey and San Benito Counties
Esther De La Cruz, Area Specialist
Santa Maria Office: Serving San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties
Al Correale, Area Specialist
Santa Rosa Office: Serving Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma Counties
Reef Atwell, Area Specialist
Quinn Donovan, Area Specialist
Visalia Office: Serving Kings and Tulare Counties
Lisa Butler, Area Specialist
Yreka Office: Serving Siskiyou and Trinity Counties
Kevin DeMers, Area Specialist
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