USDA offers funding for buildings, equipment

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USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner recently announced the agency is currently taking applications to construct essential community buildings and to purchase needed equipment such as fire trucks and police cars.

“These projects not only provide needed infrastructure in rural communities, they contribute to the Obama Administration’s continued efforts to create quality jobs and improve the nation’s economy,” Brunner said in making the announcement.

In the past USDA Rural Development has funded the new Guadalupe County Hospital in Santa Rosa, the new library in the City of Bayard and fire stations and fire equipment in rural communities in New Mexico.

These projects were funded through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program. The CF program provides the necessary financing and essential technical support for the construction or purchase of community facilities for public use in rural areas.

These facilities include child-care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation.

The financing through the CF program is made available to rural communities of 20,000 residents or less. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes can apply for the loan and grant funds through this program. The project’s funding is contingent upon meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.

“This fiscal year we received an increased amount of funds through the CF program from Congress,” Bruner said in announcing the funding for the CF. “Because Congress has given us this funding it is one of the goals of this Administration to make sure we spend the money wisely as we modernize and update our infrastructure by expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, and providing health care, and emergency facilities and equipment to those living in rural America.”

Applications for the Community Facilities program are currently being taken. For more information on the CF program go to: www.rurdev.usda.gov/HCF_CF.html, or call your local USDA Rural Development area office.