The USDA recently announced that they still have more than $2 billion available for rural communities to build or modernize education, health care, municipal and public safety facilities. This program provides grants and/or low interest direct loans 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. The application deadline is ongoing. See our Funding page for more information about federal funding opportunities.