Who is USDA Rural Development?
We are a federal government agency with a mission to improve the quality of life in rural America through financing various projects serving populations under 20,000.
What can Rural Development do for your organization and community?
- Purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, and pay related eligible project expenses
- Computer and technology upgrades
- Construction, acquisition, or rehabilitation of facilities an ADA compliance
- Parking and paving improvements
- HVAC equipment, electrical upgrades, emergency generators
- Interior improvements
- Training equipment
Examples of Projects in Pennsylvania include:
- Happy Tails No Kill Animal Shelter (Bradford County) will use a loan of $229,800 and a grant of $50,000 to build an animal shelter that will provide a clean, comfortable, safe and healthy environment for each animal.
- Blue Mountain Hospital (Carbon County) will use a loan of $98,500,000 towards the construction of an 80-bed replacement hospital.
- Hydetown Volunteer Fire Department (Crawford County) will use a loan of $250,000 and grant of $50,000 to purchase a 2009 pumper which will be housed at the fire department’s facility.
- Royalton Borough (Dauphin County) is receiving a loan of $175,100 and a $22,000 grant to replace the current boiler system with a more energy-efficient gas HVAC system.
- Friendship Fire Company #1 (Juniata County) is receiving a $64,000 loan and a grant in amount of $47,800 to pave the parking lot and install a storm water system.
Please note that all applications are considered as loan only first. Grant funding is awarded based on financial need, availability of funds, and are a maximum of $50,000.
For additional resources on applying for any of USDA Rural Development programs, contact our staff below for your county or visit www.rd.usda.gov/pa.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.