USDA is investing $871 million to improve community facilities to benefit 3.5 million rural residents in 43 states and Guam.
“Rural America needs safe, modern community infrastructure to help residents and businesses achieve greater prosperity and have access to essential services,” USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said.
Brand announced community projects in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
USDA is funding 256 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. These investments will be for such purposes as to build or upgrade schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities. For example:
- Colorado's Kremmling Memorial Hospital District is receiving a $14.58 million loan and a $3.657 million loan to modernize and expand the hospital and Granby Hospital in Grand County.
- Clear Space Theatre Company in Delaware is receiving a $4.8 million loan to purchase property and construct a new theatre and rehearsal and education building in downtown Rehoboth Beach.
- Talladega College in Alabama is receiving a $3 million loan to build a student activity center and residence hall.
- Wickenburg Community Services Corporation in Arizona is receiving a $1.75 million loan to pay off two short-term interim construction loans used to fund the renovation and construction of a community service center.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities 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.