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Department of Agriculture-Community Facilities (CF) Direct Loan and Grant Program

Federal Agency/Bureau
Department of Agriculture
Program Name
Community Facilities (CF) Direct Loan and Grant Program
Authorizing Legislation

Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1926(a)(1) and 7 U.S.C. 1926(a)(19))

Program Overview

This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.



Type of Funding

Discretionary; Subsidy; Loan or Loan Guarantee; Other-Loan/Grant Combinations

Link to application site, NOFO, FOA, or (if different from program website above)

Not Applicable 

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) or Federal Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Type


Important Dates (if applicable)

Applications accepted year-round

FY2022 Appropriations Amount

:$2,800,000,000 Direct Loans and $36,100,286 Grants

Matching Requirement

Yes. Dependent on population

Complementary Federal Funding Option

Community Facilities (CF) Direct Loan and Grants allow for other Federal funds to meet cost-sharing or matching funds requirements if allowable by the other Federal program.  Likewise, CF funding may be used as complementary funding or “matching funds” for other Federal programs, if allowable by the other Federal program. 

Broadband-related Program Purpose/Eligible Expenditures
Speed/Technical Requirement for Broadband Infrastructure

Not Applicable 

Criteria for Eligible Recipients

Eligible borrowers and grantees include public bodies, non-profits, and Federally-recognized Tribes.  Eligible facilities must be located in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or fewer inhabitants.  See 7 CFR Part 1942, Subpart A and 7 CFR Part 3570, Subpart A for additional requirements. 

Grant Beneficiaries (if different from eligible recipients)

Eligible grant recipients must be located in a rural area with a population of 20,000 or fewer inhabitants and a project service area with median household income (MHI) of 90 percent or less of statewide nonmetropolitan MHI.  Grant assistance is provided on a graduated scale.  Smaller communities with the lowest MHI will be eligible for projects with a higher proportion of grant funds, up to 75 percent of total project costs.

Publicly-available programmatic data

N/A – no publicly-available programmatic data specific to broadband

Contact Information

For more information, contact your local Rural Development State Office:

Additional Information

The Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants offers a step by step guide to help Applicants apply for a Community Facilities Direct loan. This guide book outlines the application process, financial feasibility requirements, construction and closing of an essential community facility for small towns and rural areas.


June 2022