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Community Facilities Grant Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Could fund technology as a primary component of the budget, if the agency receiving the grant chooses to use it for that purpose.


    U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development


    Community Facilities program grants assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Grant funds may be used to assist in the development of essential community facilities. Grant funds can be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services. This can include the purchase of equipment required for a facility's operation. A grant may be made in combination with other Community Facilities financial assistance such as a direct or guaranteed loan, applicant contributions, or loans and grants from other sources. Projects will be selected based on a priority point system. Projects that will receive priority are those that:

    (1) Serve small communities (with the highest priority going to projects located in a community with a population of 5,000 or less);

    (2) Serve low-income communities (with the highest priority going to projects serving communities with median household incomes below the higher of the poverty line or 60 percent of the State non-metropolitan median household income); and

    (3) Provide healthcare, public safety, or public and community services. For examples of essential community facilities visit


    History of Funding

    Examples of projects that have been funded in the past are available at

    Additional Information

    Grant funds cannot be used to:

    (1) Pay any annual recurring costs, including purchases or rentals that are generally considered to be operating and maintenance expenses;

    (2) Construct or repair electric generating plants, electric transmission lines, or gas distribution lines to provide services for commercial sale;

    (3) Pay costs to construct facilities to be used for commercial rental where the applicant has no control over tenants and services offered;

    (4) Construct facilities primarily for the purpose of housing State, Federal or quasi-Federal agencies; or

    (5) Finance recreational facilities or community antenna television services or facilities.


    Housing and Community Facilities Programs National Office

    Housing and Community Facilities Programs National Office
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    14th Street and Independence Avenue SW
    Room 5037, South Building
    Washington', DC 20250
    (202) 720-4323

    For Rural Development State Office contacts visit


  • Eligibility Details

    Grants are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, and special-purpose districts, as well as non-profit corporations and tribal governments. Applicants located in small communities with low populations and low incomes will receive a higher percentage of grants.

    Deadline Details

    The application process and deadline vary by region. Applications are filed with the USDA Rural Development field offices. Contact your Rural Development State Offices for detailed information and applications. For Rural Development State Office contacts visit

    Award Details

    Grant assistance may be available for up to 75 percent of project costs. The amount of grant assistance for project costs depends upon the median household income and the population in the community where the project is located and the availability of grant funds. In most instances, projects which receive grant assistance have a high priority and are highly leveraged with other loan and grant awards. Grant funding limitations are based on population and income, economic feasibility, and availability of funds.


    Related Webcasts Use the links below to view the recorded playback of these webcasts

    • Grantwriting Series: 10 Tips for Getting More Tribal Grants - Playback Available
    • Exploring the Community Facilities Grant Program: Funding the Capital Needs of Institutions that Serve Rural Communities - Playback Available


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