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Federal Register Announcement on Funds for "Essential Community Facilities"

04/05/10  United States of America

The Dept. of Agriculture is announcing a Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program using stimulus funding to pay for up to 75% of constructing, improving or enlarging essential community facilities in rural areas, including hospitals, clinics, education facilities, elderly care facilities and rehab centers.

Language from announcement (on page 6 of 8):

D. Funding Availability
1. Community Facilities (CF) Programs
General. The CF Direct Loan and Grant Programs are designed to finance and facilitate the development of essential community facilities servicing rural areas. These facilities include, but are not limited to, hospitals; medical clinics; elderly care facilities; police stations and vehicles; fire and rescue stations and vehicles; vocational and medical rehabilitation centers; and educational facilities. Funds under this Notice can be used to construct, enlarge or improve community facilities for health, public safety, and education. This may include the purchase of equipment or furnishings required for a facility’s operation.

Further Information. The essential community facility must primarily serve rural areas, be located in a rural area with a population of 20,000 or less, and the median household income of the population to be served by the proposed facility must be below the higher of the poverty line or 90 percent of the State non-metropolitan median household income. The amount of CF grant funds that a project is eligible for will be determined in accordance with 7 CFR Part 3570, Subpart B. CF grant funds will not exceed 75 percent of the total project cost. Additionally, if other Federal grant assistance is received, the aggregate of Federal grant assistance may not exceed 75 percent of the total project cost. Rural Development has determined that it will review and make awards under this NOFA as applications are received based on the existing criteria in 7 CFR, Part 3570, Subpart B, and 7 CFR, Part 1942, Subpart A. Applications will be reviewed, approved, and obligated in the States’ Rural Development offices.

For more information on the Community Facilities Program contact the USDA Rural Development State Office at 1201 NE. Lloyd Blvd., Suite 801, Portland, OR 97232, or call (503) 414–3300.