NCompass Live: USDA Funding Opportunities for Rural Libraries

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USDA Rural Development has funding available to assist libraries in rural areas (populations less than 20,000) with expansions, renovations, new construction, energy efficiency improvement projects and equipment purchases. Funds are made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Join Troy Gagner, from Nebraska USDA Rural Development, to learn about the funding opportunities available to Nebraska libraries.

NCompass Live February 3, 2010

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  • Key Points: USDA Rural Development is taking the lead in helping forge partnerships among lenders, businesses, non-profits, and communities to create jobs, and stimulate local economies, not only across America, but specifically here in Nebraska. Introduce yourself, title, …”I’m here to share our efforts to bring our Loan Guarantee programs to more lenders, businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and state and local government units across rural Nebraska.”
  • Give an example of the difference between commercial and public/nonprofit enterprises, nonprofit nursing home loan CF Program vs. B&I profit-making entity. Emphasize that these projects must serve and be available to the community as a whole.
  • Give an example of a broadly based board, emphasize this is an eligibility issue. All three elements don’t have to be a part of the project, but must include the first one.
  • NCompass Live: USDA Funding Opportunities for Rural Libraries

    1. 1. Community Facilities Loans and Grants for Rural Libraries Troy Gagner Community Programs Specialist
    2. 2. Community Facilities Loan & Grant Program <ul><li>Provides financing to improve or develop essential community facilities in rural areas & towns up to 20,000 </li></ul>
    3. 3. Community Facilities Loan & Grant Program <ul><li>In FY09 (Oct. 1, 2008-Sept. 30, 2009) Rural Development provided more than $56 Million to Nebraska Communities for projects including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 Hospitals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 Emergency Warning Sirens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 Ambulances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 Fire Trucks/Emergency Equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Assisted Living Facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Childcare Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Animal Shelter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Museum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Streetscape </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Community Building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Tribal College Project </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Community Facilities Program Provides Assistance For: <ul><li>Community Health Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hospitals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assisted Living </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physicians Clinics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nursing Homes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Rehabilitation Centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocational Rehabilitation Centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychiatric Clinics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outpatient Clinics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dental Clinics </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Community Facilities Program Provides Assistance For: <ul><li>Public Safety </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire Halls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire Trucks & Rescue Equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patrol Cars </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Utilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telemedicine/Distance Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Gas </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Community Facilities Program Provides Assistance For: <ul><li>Public Buildings & Improvements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult Day Care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child Care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City Halls & County Courthouses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>County Office Buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Maintenance Buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Preparation, Storage & Distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agricultural Fairgrounds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animal Shelters </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Community Facilities Program Provides Assistance For: <ul><li>Transportation Improvements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Street Improvements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sidewalks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Off Street Parking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bridges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Airports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructure for Industrial Parks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Municipal & County Garages </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Community Facilities Program Provides Assistance For: <ul><li>Cultural & Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public & Private Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocational Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College Campuses/All Purpose Buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School Maintenance Equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Theaters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Museums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Funding Opportunities Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act <ul><li>Secretary of Agriculture has designated $100 million in USDA Rural Development Community Facilities funding for public libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>The $100 million will primarily be provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Funding Opportunities Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act <ul><li>State goal of $2.2 million in library projects in this fiscal year </li></ul><ul><li>As much as $500,000 available in grant funding </li></ul>
    11. 11. Eligible Organizations <ul><li>Public Bodies (cities, counties, districts, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Not-for-Profit Corporations with significant ties to the local community </li></ul><ul><li>Federally recognized Indian tribal groups </li></ul>
    12. 12. Significant Community Support <ul><li>Broadly based board with significant ties to local community and representing the community served; or </li></ul><ul><li>Control or support by local public body such as public funding through taxes, fundraising </li></ul>
    13. 13. Legal Authority/Responsibility <ul><li>Borrower shall be responsible for operation, maintenance and management of facility </li></ul><ul><li>Facility may be operated, maintained or managed by third party under contract, management agreement or written lease </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants must be financially sound and able to organize and manage the facility effectively </li></ul>
    14. 14. Eligible Use of Funds <ul><li>Construct, enlarge or improve public libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Cost to acquire land </li></ul><ul><li>Pay necessary professional fees </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase equipment required for operation such as shelving, furniture, computers, A-V equipment, distance learning equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmobiles </li></ul>
    15. 15. Rates & Terms <ul><li>Maximum term for all loans is 40 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Repayment period is limited to useful life of the facility </li></ul><ul><li>Current interest rate for loans is 4% (through March 31, 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Funds may be used in combination with other CF assistance such as grant, applicant contributions or loans and grants from other sources </li></ul>
    16. 16. Community Facilities Grants <ul><li>Must show inability to repay loan </li></ul><ul><li>Meet median household income & population guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Funds targeted to small communities with limited revenue streams </li></ul>
    17. 17. Community Facilities Grants <ul><li>Maximum Grant Percentages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>75% if Population 5,000 or less & MHI* below $23,209 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>55% if Population 12,000 or less & MHI* below $27,077 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>35% if Population 20,000 or less & MHI* below $30,945 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15% if Population 20,000 or less & MHI* below $34,813 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subject to change with census data </li></ul><ul><li>* MHI=Median Household Income </li></ul>
    18. 18. Sioux Dawes Box Butte Scotts Bluff Sheridan Banner Kimball Cheyenne Morrill Garden Deuel Cherry Grant Hooker Thomas Arthur McPherson Logan Keith Perkins Lincoln Chase Dundy Hayes Hitchcock Red Willow Frontier Brown Rock Keya Paha Boyd Holt Blaine Knox Antelope Pierce Cedar Dixon Wheeler Greeley Nance Boone Madison Stanton Wayne Thurston Dakota Richardson Pawnee Jefferson Thayer Nuckolls Clay Fillmore Hamilton York Seward Johnson Nemaha Otoe Cass Saline Gage Lancaster Butler Polk Sarpy Douglas Saunders Washington Dodge Colfax Platte Cuming Burt Loup Garfield Custer Valley Sherman Howard Dawson Buffalo Hall Gosper Furnas Harlan Phelps Franklin Webster Kearney Adams Merrick USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY PROGRAMS DIVISION Roger Meeks, Area Director Janice Stopak, Specialist 8000 South 15 th , Suite E Lincoln, NE 68512 (402) 423-9683 Ext 4 Dale Wemhoff, Area Director Jolene Kasper, Specialist 1909 Vicki Lane, Suite 103 Norfolk, NE 68701 (402) 371-5350 Paul Bartlett,Area Director Glen Gatz, Specialist 4009 North 6th Avenue, P.O. Box 730 Kearney, NE 68848 (308) 237-3118 Ext 4 Natalie Furrow, Technician 1202 S. Cottonwood P.O. Box 2009 North Platte, NE 69103 (308) 534-2360 Ext. 4 Lincoln State Office Denise Brosius-Meeks Program Director Room 152, Federal Bldg 100 Centennial Mall N. Lincoln, NE 68508 (402) 437-5559 Mary Gambill, Specialist 731 East 4th St., Ainsworth, Nebraska 69210 402-387-2242 Ext 4 Brenda Darnell, Area Director Kathy Hruska, Specialist 818 Ferdinard Plaza, Suite B Scottsbluff, NE 69361 (308) 623-2195 Kimball
    19. 19. Atkinson Public Library
    20. 20. Farnam Public Library
    21. 21. Brady Public Library
    22. 22. Graves Public Library - Wakefield
    23. 23. Humboldt Public Library
    24. 24. Little Priest Tribal College Library
    25. 25. Tecumseh Public Library
    26. 26. Wahoo Public Library
    27. 27. Funding Opportunities Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act <ul><li>Library Initiative funds will only be available for a limited time </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a project idea, contact Rural Development as soon as possible to begin the process </li></ul>
    28. 28. Thank You! Feel free to contact me at: [email_address] (402) 437-5556 USDA Rural Development is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Provider and Employer. Complains of discrimination should be sent to USDA, Director, OCR, Washington, DC 20250-9410

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