The CFG program provides funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. A community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
There is no maximum level of grant funding. However, smaller projects are given higher priority. Generally grants range up to $25,000.
Who is eligible?
Rural public entities (towns, communities, State agencies, and authorities), Indian tribes and rural private non-profit corporations are eligible to apply for funding. At least 51 percent of the outstanding interest in any project must have membership or be owned by U.S. citizens or resident aliens.
Rural is defined as any area other than a city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 and the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such a city or town according to the latest decennial census. At least 51 percent of the outstanding interest in any project must have membership or be owned by U.S. citizens or resident aliens.
What types of projects are eligible?
Awarded CFG funds are generally used to purchase, construct and/or improve essential community facilities such as the purchasing of equipment and/or related project expenses. These types of purchases could include police or fire equipment, police cars, fire trucks, public service vehicles, emergency management services equipment, educational services, public facilities, and much more.