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Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant

Many communities have a vision to introduce a facility that would make a difference in the lives of their residents, whether that is a town hall for residents to gather at or a community garden to be used by local students and residents. How often are those visions put on the back burner because of the burden of planning and finances? The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers a Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant to public bodies, non-profit organizations, and Federally Recognized Tribes to bring essential community facilities to rural areas.

Essential community facilities are defined as those public improvements’ requisite to the beneficial and orderly development of a community operated on a non-profit basis. These facilities could include:

o Public safety services such as fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles, or equipment

o Hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes or assisted living facilities

o Public facilities such as town halls, courthouses

o Community support services such as child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds or transitional housing

o Educational services such as museums, libraries, or private schools

o Local food systems such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs, or greenhouses

o Airport hangars or street improvements

o Utility services such as telemedicine or distance learning equipment

With a maximum grant award of $150,000, funds may be used to assist communities in identifying and planning for facility needs, identify resources to finance the community facility, and prepare applications for financial assistance. Applications are accepted on an annual basis, and 2019 applications are due on June 10. Additional program information can be found here.

If you are interested in applying for this grant or are interested in other ways to fund community facilities, please contact Danielle Yoon at dnyoon@ftch.com or at 616.464.3737.


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