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1 Rural Development Program Guide Building Rural Communities from the Ground Up

2 Housing Programs Program Objective Applicant Uses Population / Direct s Direct Repair s and s Guaranteed s Mutual Self-Help s Mutual Self-Help Housing s Multi-Family Rental Housing for Families and Elderly Direct s and Guarantees Housing Preservation s Farm Labor Housing Safe, well-built, affordable homes for rural Americans. To help very-low income applicants remove health and safety hazards or repair their homes. Assist eligible applicants in buying their homes by guaranteeing private lenders loans. Individual homes built by a group of applicants, with construction guidance of a non-profit organization. Assist lower income families in building their own homes. Safe, well-built affordable rental housing for very low income individuals and families. Repair and rehabilitate housing owned or occupied by very low and low income rural families. Safe, well-built affordable rental housing for farm workers. who currently own their home apply to lender. Nonprofits and Public Bodies. Individuals, limit profit and non-profit organizations. For guarantees, apply to intermediary lender; for direct, Public bodies and non-profit organizations apply to Rural Development. Individuals, public and private non-profit organizations apply to Rural Development. Buy, build, improve, repair or rehabilitate rural homes as the applicant s permanent residence. and grant purposes include: repair/replace roofs, winterizing, purchase or repair of heating system, structural repair, water/sewage connect fees, and similar uses. s may be made to purchase new or existing homes. applications are processed on an individual basis for each participating family. Technical assistance to qualify and supervise small groups of families to build each other s homes. New construction or substantial rehabilitation of rental housing. Operate a program which finances repair and rehabilitation activities for single family and small rental properties. New construction or substantial rehabilitation of rental housing. Direct s and s - Apply to Rural Development Guarantees - Apply to Intermediary (approved banks, mortgage companies) None Terms/Conditions Up to 100% of market value or cost, whichever is less. amortized for 33/38 years. Applicant may be eligible for payment assistance (subsidy) on the loan. and grant guarantee terms to 20 years at 1%. Assistance to individual may not exceed $20,000. s only available to very-low income applicants 62 years or older who cannot afford to pay 1% loan. 30 year, fixed rate. Interest rate negotiated between lender and borrower. s to 100 % of market value plus guarantee fee if financed. The individual families receive a direct loan from Rural Development. The nonprofit housing organization gets a grant to hire a supervisor and pay other administrative expenses. or loan guarantee. and grant. Agreement. Up to 100% of total development cost (non-profits); 97% (for profit) 30 year term with up to 50 year amortization. 95% of total development costs (for profit organizations) with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Agreement. Up to 102% of total development cost. Up to 33 years to 1% interest. Business Programs

3 Program Objective Applicant Uses Population / Terms/Conditions Create jobs and stimulate Business applies through Most legal business guarantee rural economies by Federal or State Chartered purposes except providing financial backing banks, credit unions, production agriculture. for rural businesses. savings & loan Acquisition, start-up and associations. expansion of businesses that create rural Business & Industry Guaranteed s Rural Business Enterprise s Intermediary Relending Program s Rural Economic Development s and s Value-Added Agricultural Product Market Development Program Rural Business Opportunity Rural Energy for America Program Finance and facilitate the development of small and emerging private business enterprises. Finance business facilities and community development projects in rural Finance economic development and job creation in rural To assist independent agricultural producers enter into value-added activities. Finance technical assistance for business development planning in rural Purchase renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. Public bodies, private nonprofit corporations, and federally recognized Native American tribal groups apply to Rural Development. Public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Native American tribes, and cooperatives apply to Rural Development. RUS financed electric and telephone utilities apply to Rural Development. Independent producers, farmer or rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures can apply to Rural Development State Office. Public bodies, non-profit corporations, Indian tribes on Federal or state reservations and cooperatives with members that are primarily rural residents. Agricultural producers, rural small businesses. employment. Refinance. Buy and develop land, construct buildings, plants, equipment, access streets and roads, parking areas, utility and service extensions, rural distance learning networks, and establish a revolving loan fund, training & technical assistance. Community development projects, establishment or expansion of businesses, creation or saving rural jobs. Business start-up or expansion projects that create rural jobs. Funds can be used for planning purposes such as conducting feasibility studies or feasibility business plans or it can be used as working capital to help start the operations of a venture. Technical assistance, leadership training, establish business support centers, economic development plans. Renewable energy projects, energy efficiency improvements. and adjacent urban or urbanized Rural areas and incorporated places with populations of less than 25,000. Rural areas and places with populations of 50,000 or less. All areas except cites and revolving loan fund grant. Guaranteed loans and grants. Lender and borrower negotiate terms. Interest rate tied to published rate that may change not more often than quarterly. Long-term, fixed rates with sale in secondary market. Up to 30 years on R/E, 15 years on M&E, 7 years for permanent W/C. When grant funds are used for revolving loan fund (RLF) the intermediary makes loans to businesses from its RLF on terms consistent with security offered. The intermediary makes loans to businesses from its revolving loan fund on terms consistent with security offered. Intermediary pays 1% for 30 years. The intermediary, electric or telephone utilities, make loans to profit or non-profit businesses and public bodies for rural economic development and/or job creation projects. s are 0% for 10 years. Applicants must meet specific selection criteria. s are awarded on a competitive basis. Funds cannot be used to build facilities or purchase equipment. There is a dollar for dollar matching requirement. Must be completed within two years after project has begun. s limited to 25% of project costs; s and loan/grant combos limited to 75% of eligible project cost. Community Programs Program Objective Applicant Uses Population / Terms/Conditions

4 Water and Waste Disposal s, Guarantees, and s Community Facilities Direct s and s Community Facilities Guarantees Solid Waste Management s (SWM) Technical Assistance and Training s (TAT) Electric and Telecommunication Rural Broadband and Guarantee Distance Learning and Telemedicine Providing infrastructure for rural Providing essential community facilities for rural communities Providing essential community facilities for rural communities Help communities reduce solid waste. Identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste disposal systems. Provide financial aid through direct and guaranteed loans. The deployment of broadband service to eligible rural communities. Development and deployment of advanced telecommunication services throughout rural America. Public entities and Non-Profits. Contact Rural Development for specifics. Contact Rural Development Area Office. Contact Rural Development Area Office. Contact the State Office Private Non-Profits. Contact the State Office Non-profit and cooperative associations, public bodies, and other utilities. Contact USDA Utilities Administrator, STOP 1510, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC Legally organized entities providing or proposing to provide broadband service in eligible rural communities. Cannot serve more than 2% of the telephone subscriber lines installed in the U.S. An incorporated entity, including a municipal corporation on a for-profit or not for profit basis, which operates rural schools, libraries, health care clinics, and other organizations that operate educational or health care facilities. Build, repair, and improve public water systems, and waste collection and treatment systems, emergency repairs to water systems due to natural disasters/accidents. Build facilities, equipment, operating costs. Fire and rescue, Telecommunications, schools, libraries, hospitals, museums, and historical societies. Technical assistance and training funds. Build facilities, equipment, operating costs. Fire and rescue, Telecommunications for schools, libraries, hospitals. Recreation activities allowed. Provide technical assistance and training to reduce pollution of water resources and improve management of solid waste facilities, reduction of solid waste in streams. Provide technical assistance and training to improve rural water and wastewater systems. Generation, bulk transmission facilities and distribution of electric power. Enhance 911 emergency service, digital switching equipment, fiber optic cable along with traditional main system, telecommunication service. The construction, acquisition, and improvement of broadband transmission facilities and equipment; land and buildings used in providing broadband service; and the refinancing of Telecommunications Program debt. Equipment for classrooms: cameras, videomonitors computers and LAN; and for physician consultation, radiology, x-ray scanners and digital microscopes. Direct s and s - Apply to Rural Development Guarantees - Apply to Intermediary (eligible banks, etc) 20,000 population 20,000 population Rural areas Direct, Guarantee, and/or grant. Direct and/or Guarantee or loan guarantee. Eligible rural communities s and with a population of loan guarantees. 20,000 inhabitants or less. The community cannot be located in a standard metropolitan statistical area. Rural areas and/or grant. Interest rates are set quarterly based on an index of current market yields for municipal obligations. Repayment period is a maximum of 40 years. Up to 100% of market value. Up to 40 years or life of security. Apply to intermediary (approved bank, etc.) Projects funded based on selection at National Level. Projects funded based on selection at National Level. Interest rates are established in accordance with 7CFR s are made at the Treasury rate of interest at the time of the advance for a period equal to expected composite economic life of the assets financed. s are guaranteed at the interest rate set by the private lender for no more than 80% of the principal amount. Matching funds are required.

5 Summary of Program Purposes Land & Mach. & Working Infrastructure Train/ Building Equip. Capital Tech. HOUSING PROGRAMS Housing - Housing - Guaranteed loan Housing Repair - /grant Rural rental housing - Guaranteed loan Rural rental housing - Farm labor housing - /grant Housing preservation BUSINESS PROGRAMS Business & Industry - Guaranteed loan Rural Business Enterprise Intermediary Relending Rural Economic Development and Rural Cooperative Development Value-Added Agricultural Product Market Dev Rural Business Opportunity Community Programs Community facilities - /grant Community facilities - Guaranteed loan Water and sewer - /grant Water and sewer - Guaranteed loan Solid waste management grant Electric and Telecommunications Direct/Guar Rural Broadband and Guarantee Distance Learning & Telemedicine - /grant USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC or call (866) (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) (Local or Federal relay), (866) (Relay voice users).

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