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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant

Deadline: July 2, 2018

The Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant will support entities that will provide technical assistance and/or training with respect to essential community facilities programs. The technical assistance and/or training will assist communities, Indian tribes, and nonprofit corporations to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area. Once those needs have been identified, the grantee can assist in identifying public and private resources to finance those identified community facility needs. Funding priority will be made to private, nonprofit or public organizations that have experience in providing technical assistance and training to rural entities.

Funds may be used to:

  • Assist communities in identifying and planning for community facility needs
  • Identify resources to finance community facility needs from public and private sources
  • Prepare reports and surveys necessary to request financial assistance to develop community facilities
  • Prepare applications for agency financial assistance
  • Improve the management, including financial management, related to the operation of community facilities

Grants are made to technical assistance providers who then provide technical assistance or training to “ultimate recipients.”

Amount: Grants range up to $150,000. Awards made to ultimate recipients (see eligibility below) will not exceed $50,000.

Eligibility: The applicant must be either a technical assistance provider or an ultimate recipient, and must meet eligibility requirements before being considered for agency assistance. More specifically, grants are awarded to eligible entities who will then provide technical assistance and/or training to eligible ultimate recipients. Up to ten percent of the available funds may be awarded to the highest scoring ultimate recipient(s) as long as they score a minimum score of at least 75.

Applicants applying as technical assistance providers must:

  1. Be a public body or a private nonprofit corporation, (such as states, counties, cities, townships, and incorporated towns and villages, boroughs, authorities, districts, and Indian tribes on federal and state reservations).
  2. Be legally established and located within one of the following: a state or the District of Columbia.
  3. Have the proven ability, background, experience (as evidenced by the organization’s satisfactory completion of project(s) similar to those proposed), legal authority and actual capacity to provide technical assistance and/or training to ultimate recipients. To meet the requirement of actual capacity, an applicant must either: have the necessary resources to provide technical assistance and/or training to associations in rural areas through its staff; be assisted by an affiliate or member organization which has such background and experience and which agrees, in writing, that it will provide the technical assistance; or may contract with a nonaffiliated organization for not more than 49 percent of the awarded grant to provide the proposed technical assistance.
  4. Nonprofits applying as technical assistance providers must be designated tax exempt by the Internal Revenue Service.

Applicants applying as ultimate recipients must be: a public body; an Indian tribe; or a nonprofit corporation that demonstrates community ties to the rural area by:

  • Obtaining substantial public funding through taxes revenue bonds, or other local Government sources, and/or substantial voluntary community funding;
  • Having a broadly-based ownership and control by members of the community; or
  • Demonstrating all of the following characteristics: (a) Members of the organization are primarily from the local rural community; (b) Membership is open to all adults in the local rural community; (c) Members of the organization have ultimate control of the proposed community facility; and (d) The organization receives the majority of its funding from its members or their volunteer efforts.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=304657

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