Reposted from USDA Rural Development, November 2012 & Common Good Vermont Blog, December 5, 2012. Community Facilities Programs provide loans, grant and loan guarantees for essential community facilities in rural areas. Priority is given to health care, education and public safety projects. Typical projects are hospitals, health clinics, schools, fire houses, community centers and many other community based initiatives. Visit the following links for more information and assistance in utilizing these funding sources: Community Facilities Direct and Guaranteed Loan Program Community Facilities Grants Rural Community Development Initiatives Not all communities are grant eligible. Your grant eligibility may be changing due to new population and community income information. Before applying, contact your Area Office to determine if your community or service area is eligible. Vermont:
Bennington, Rutland, Windham and Windsor Counties: Andrea Ansevin-Allen at 802-257-7878 Ext. 113 or Andrea.Ansevin-Allen@vt.usda.gov
Addison, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans and Washington Counties: Karen Lynch at 802-828-6044 or Karen.Lynch@vt.usda.gov
Applications are accepted throughout the year. Applications submitted by January 18, 2013 will compete for the 2013 grant funding. Link to Application For more information, visit USDA Rural Development and Vermont Common Good sites.