USDA Rural Development Grants and Loans Available for Small, Rural Libraries

Shirley Biladeau's picture

A couple of years ago, you may recall I was bouncing around the state hosting a variety of sessions called Credible Connections.  One of my community contacts from those days just got in touch with me and asked me to spread the good news for public libraries. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program has funds available to provide financial assistance to develop essential public community facilities in rural areas up to 20,000 population in the form of loan and grant funds for projects serving the most financially needy communities. This round of funding will focus on assisting public libraries in our small, rural communities of Idaho. The current interest rate for loan funds is 4.375%.

For more information about the Community Facilities Direct Loans and Grants, plus the Know your Farmer, Know Your Food program, check out this fact sheet which includes local contact information.

In the past few years the following public libraries have taken advantage of this program

  • Prairie River Library District (Lapwai Facility) – Parking Lot Improvements
  • Burley Library – Ceiling Insulation, Tables and Chairs
  • Payette Library – New Library/Addition, Outdoor Amphitheater
  • Emmett Library – Remodel & Expansion

A good program to check out if you are considering facility upgrades.