USDA Funding for Rural Communities

Did you know that USDA’s Rural Development program offers funds – both loans and grants – to rural communities to support their water and other infrastructure needs?  The USDA Community Facilities Programs provide loans and grants and loan guarantees for water and environmental projects, as well as community facilities projects. Water and environmental projects include water systems, waste systems, solid waste, and storm drainage facilities. Community facilities projects develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas and may include hospitals, fire protection, safety, as well as many other community-based initiatives.  The information and links below offer additional information about these programs:

  • Community Facilities Programs Community Facilities Direct and Guaranteed Loan Program can make and guarantee loans to develop essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Loans and guarantees are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, parishes, boroughs, and special-purpose districts, as well as to non-profit corporations and tribal governments.
  • Community Facilities Programs Community Facilities Grants provides grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Grants are authorized on a graduated scale. Applicants located in small communities with low populations and low incomes will receive a higher percentage of grants. Grants are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, parishes, boroughs, and special-purpose districts, as well as non-profit corporations and tribal governments.

For more information about these programs, or to file an application, contact the local Rural Development office in your area.

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