U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) COMMUNITY FACILITIES DIRECT LOAN & GRANT PROGRAM
This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses. Relevant examples of essential community facilities include:
- Community support services such as community centers (senior centers)
- Local food systems such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs or greenhouses