Broadband funding explainers
Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
The USDA’s Rural Housing Service administers the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program (“CF Program”), which includes low-interest direct loans and grant funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. These facilities contribute an essential service to the community and include schools, libraries, community kitchens, hospitals, municipal government buildings, and more. Communities can use CF funds to purchase devices, develop smart city applications, and improve telehealth capacity.
The CF program is open to cities, villages, townships, towns, and Tribal governments with no more than 20,000 residents according to U.S. Census data. The program places priority on communities with a population of less than 5,500. It also prioritizes low-income communities that have a median household income below 80% of the state’s nonmetropolitan median household income. Applications are accepted on a year-round basis.
For information on how to apply for this program, visit USDA’s website here.