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Community Facilities (CF)

Type: Direct loans, guaranteed loans, and grants

Max award: Varies by project, applicant's financial feasibility, and community size

Big idea: The Community Facilities Program supports rural communities by providing loans and grants for the construction, acquisition, or renovation of community facilities or for the purchase of equipment for community facilities.

Who can apply: Public bodies, non-profit organizations and Federally-recognized Indian tribes are all eligible to apply for funds to finance essential community facilities in rural areas (defined as areas with no more than 20,000 residents).

Real example: In Wrangell, Alaska, an island community with limited access to fresh food, the Wrangell Medical Center received a Community Facilities grant of $100,000 to purchase two greenhouses for a community garden.

Possibilities: Projects that support local and regional food systems that may qualify for CF funding include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Farmers markets (i.e. structures);
  • School and community kitchens;
  • Food banks, including refrigerators;
  • Community gardens (i.e., purchase land; water source access) and noncommercial greenhouses;
  • Refrigerated trucks.

Get more information: For more program information, please visit the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program page, and to apply for any USDA Rural Development program contact your state or local office.