USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Loan & Grant Program for Pennsylvania Rural Communities

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

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