Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program


This program supports purchase, construction, and improvement of essential community facilities in rural areas. Funds can also be used for equipment purchase and payment of related project expenses.

USDA may award funds in the form of low-interest loans, grants, or a combination of the two.


Local governments, community-based nonprofits, federally recognized tribes

Role In Creative Placemaking

Practitioners can use these funds to construct or renovate spaces for community gathering and artistic and cultural presentation/expression in rural communities. Eligible facilities include community centers, fairgrounds, museums, libraries, community gardens and greenhouses, and community kitchens. Funds can also be used for street improvements.


Grants funds are limited to a maximum of 75% of costs and in many cases will be lower than 75%


Loogootee Public Library – Loogootee, IN

Farmer’s Market and Community Center – Palestine, IL

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.