The BDCC is ready to help your project get closer to a reality. Preparing projects for funding can be a complicated process – we have some resources that can help. The BDCC Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program is designed to help qualified projects and applicants with project development and management, and with becoming successful applicants to the USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Programs.

First, let’s determine if the project is considered a community facility.

Examples of essential community facilities include:

  • Health care facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes or assisted living facilities
  • Public facilities such as town halls, courthouses, airport hangars or street improvements
  • Community support services such as child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds or transitional housing
  • Public safety services such as fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles or equipment
  • Educational services such as museums, libraries or private schools
  • Utility services such as telemedicine or distance learning equipment
  • Local food systems such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs or greenhouses

You must be able to designate the project’s community ties to the area. Review the list below to help make that determination.

  • (a) Obtain substantial public funding through taxes revenue bonds, or other local Government sources, and/or substantial
    voluntary community funding, or
  • (b) Having a broadly-based ownership and control by members of the community, or
  • (c) Demonstrate all of the following characteristics:
    • (1) Members of the organization are primarily from the local
      rural community,
    • (2) Membership is open to all adults in the local rural community,
    • (3) Members of the organization have ultimate control of the
      proposed community facility; and
    • (4) The organization receives the majority of its funding from
      its members or their volunteer efforts. Public bodies and
      Indian Tribes that are applying for funding as Ultimate
      Recipients or are the benefitting from TAT grant funds as the
      Ultimate Recipient are not required to further demonstrate
      Community ties to the local Rural Areas.

How may funds be used?
Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and / or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses.

If you believe your project meets the above criteria and would like more information about BDCC’s Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program, please complete the form below.

Community Facilities

Funding for the BDCC Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program was made possible in part with a Grant from the USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program. BDCC is an equal opportunity employer. To learn more about USDA Community Facilities Grant and Loan Programs visit the USDA’s web site.