USDA funding available to develop 'essential community facilities'USDA funding available to develop 'essential community facilities'https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=126342016-03-29T05:00:00Z2016-03-29T16:00:00Z

WASHINGTON, D.C. – ​​​Applications are now being accepted for the Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program, a USDA program intended to help rural communities develop essential community facilities.

More than $68 million is available for the current fiscal year.

Eligible applicants include rural cities, villages, townships, towns, and federally recognized tribes with no more than 20,000 residents, as well as public bodies and community-based non-profit corporations.

Examples of essential community facilities are:

  • health care facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities;
  • public facilities such as town halls, courthouses, and airport hangars;
  • community support services such as child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds, and transitional housing;
  • public safety services such as fire departments, police stations, and prisons (also, emergency vehicles and equipment);
  • educational services such as museums, libraries, and private schools;
  • utility services such as telemedicine and distance learning equipment; and
  • local food systems such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs and greenhouses.
For more information, download the USDA's fact sheet.
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