USDA’s Community Facilities Program is Open
Call for applications: USDA Rural Development is accepting applications from nonprofits and municipalities seeking financing to improve essential community facilities. Rural Development’s Community Facilities loan and grant program supports facilities such as healthcare centers, educational institutions and community centers that offer services to rural residents and enhance the quality of life in Vermont and New Hampshire. Eligible uses include construction, building renovations, energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades, and equipment purchases. The Agency offers competitive interest rates based on community demographics. Grants are available on a limited basis for eligible communities.
For large institutional projects, loan guarantees are also available through the USDA.
- State pool loan funding (competitive): November 17
- State pool grant funding (competitive): December 8
- National pool loan and loan guarantee funding (more competitive): April 2
To maximize access to funding by competing in a local pool, applicants are encouraged to apply by the earlier state deadlines. Applications submitted between December and April 2 will compete in a larger pool for national reserve funding.
Community Facilities Investments: In 2017, USDA Rural Development invested over $116 million in facilities that serve Vermont and New Hampshire communities. The Town of Warner received a $43,270 grant to help finance a 378 solar panel array capable of producing energy to offset the amount used by the town’s municipal facilities. The array will help the town manage, and in time virtually eliminate, its electricity costs. USDA Rural Development looks forward to supporting projects that strengthen communities across the two states in the year to come.
How to apply: Applicants are encouraged to reach out to a USDA Community Programs Specialist for support with project development and application submission.
Counties Covered: Caledonia, Essex, Orleans, Lamoille, Franklin, Orange, Chittenden, Grand Isle
Counties Covered: Addison, Rutland, Windsor, Bennington, Windham