USDA is investing almost $12 million in 41 community facilities projects that will benefit 214,000 Americans in rural communities in 17 states.
USDA is making the investments and has additional funding available through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. Interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office for application and eligibility details. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants, a detailed overview of the application process.
The 41 projects that USDA announced are in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington. For example:
- The Meigs Youth Center in Decatur, Tenn., will use a $388,400 loan and a $111,600 grant to purchase a building for use as a Boys and Girls Club. The Center provides operational facilities, classrooms, playgrounds and activities. The Boys and Girls Club will serve up to 200 children with the potential to expand.
- In Missouri, the Carrollton Leasing Association will use a $43,400 loan and a $23,300 grant to purchase a new skid steer for snow removal and street maintenance.
- In Tallahassee, Fla., America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend Inc. will use a $1.1 million loan to purchase the facility that the organization currently leases. America’s Second Harvest provides food and other items for low-income and unemployed residents in 17 Florida counties. More than 4,000 people are expected to benefit.
- In Hindman, Ky., the Appalachian Artisan Center will use a $205,900 loan and a $57,520 grant to build a hospitality center atop the Cody Building. The center will complement the Master Artist in Residence program, which offers apprenticeships for people in recovery programs.
- In Clinton County, N.Y., a $3.6 million loan and $279,800 grant will be used for an addition and alternations to the Champlain fire station. The project consists of a total of 6,839 square feet.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities program funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
USDA will make additional funding announcements in coming weeks. Congress appropriated $2.8 billion for Community Facilities direct loans and grants in fiscal year 2019.
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