Community Programs Funding FY 2010 WEPCF Direct Loan $7,148,000$1,820,000 Grant 2,429,000 97,000 Guaranteed 891,000 1,280,000 **Match is not required, but leveraging is encouraged to maximize our allocations.
Funding Example WWDC Loan$1,048,000 WWDC Grant 1,248,000 State Funding = 44.7% MRG 1,000,000 AMG 1,887,239 RD Funding = 40.8% SRLF 1,406,761 RD Loan 3,000,000 Applicant Funds = 14.5% RD Grant 3,000,000 Applicant 2,130,000 Total Cost $14,720,000 Rural Utilities Program
Community Facilities Programs Guaranteed Loans Direct Loans Grants Community Facilities Programs
What is an essential Community Facility? One that is needed for the orderly development of the community. Serves the local community and is a function that is typically provided by some branch of government. This cannot include any private or commercial undertakings. Community Facilities Programs
WHO MAY RECEIVE ASSISTANCE ? Public Bodies: –Cities, Counties or Special Purpose Districts Indian Tribes Non-Profit Corporations Population Limits: –Towns up to 20,000 population (2000 Census) In Addition, Borrowers must: –Have the legal authority to borrow and repay loans, to pledge security for loans, and to construct, operate, and maintain the facility or services. –Be financially sound and be able to organize and manage the facility effectively. –Be unable to obtain needed funds from other sources at reasonable rates and terms. Community Facilities Programs
Authorized CF Loan/ Grant Purposes To construct, enlarge, extend, or otherwise improve essential community facilities providing essential service primarily to rural residents. –Heath Services –Community, Social, or Cultural Services –Transportation Facilities –Industrial Parks
CF Maximum Loan, Rates, and Terms No maximum dollar amount. Loan based on applicant’s needs and ability to repay. Interest Rates are dependent upon Median Household Income for the service area - rates are set quarterly based on the current GO Bond index. Lowest rate available 4.25%. Maximum Term - 40 years, State Statute, or useful life of facility, whichever is less
CF Grants Grant assistance may be available for up to 75% of project costs. A scale has been developed to predetermine grant funding limitations based on population and income. Most communities in Wyoming only qualify for 15 to 35% grant assistance. * Grant assistance may be available for up to 75% of project costs. A scale has been developed to predetermine grant funding limitations based on population and income. Most communities in Wyoming only qualify for 15 to 35% grant assistance. * Further limited to the minimum amount sufficient to provide economic feasibility to the proposed project and either $50,000 or 50 % of a States annual allocation whichever is greater.
Rural Utilities Programs Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantee Solid Waste Management Grant Rural Utilities Program
Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) Water & Waste Disposal Loans/Grants Solid Waste Management Grants Technical Assistance & Training Grants Rural Water Circuit Rider/Technical Assistance – Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems (WARWS) – Midwest Assistance Program (MAP)
WEP - Eligibility Criteria Non-profit Associations, Indian Tribes & Public Entities - municipalities, counties, special purpose districts and authorities, joint powers boards Rural areas / service area with populations of less than 10,000 Be unable to obtain credit elsewhere
WEP - Eligibility Criteria (Continued) Have the legal capacity to borrow and repay the loan, to pledge security, to own and operate the proposed system Be financially sound and able to manage the facility effectively.
WEP Authorized Loan/Grant Purposes Construct, repair, improve, expand, or otherwise modify rural water supply and distribution including pipelines, hydrants, pumping stations, treatment, and storage Acquire water supply or water rights (i.e..: reservoirs, wells)
WEP Authorized Loan/Grant Purposes (Continued) Construct, repair, improve, expand, or otherwise modify waste collection, pumping, treatment, or other disposal facilities Related soft costs (i.e.: engineering, legal, ROWs, land acquisition, bond counsel, accounting costs)
WEP Maximum Loan, Rates, and Terms No maximum dollar amount. Loan based on applicant’s needs and ability to repay. Interest Rates are dependent upon Median Household Income for the service area - rates are set quarterly based on the current GO Bond index. Lowest rate available 2.50%. Maximum Term - 40 years, State Statute, or useful life of facility, whichever is less
WEP Loan and Grant Limitations Grants awarded where necessary to help achieve reasonable user rates: – Maximum grant consideration is 75% where MHI is below $30,215 (poverty level) Must alleviate health and safety issues. – Maximum grant consideration if 45% where MHI is between $30,215 to $37,769 (intermediate level) – No grant funds where MHI is $37,769 or greater (market rate)
THE PROCESS PRE-APPLICATION PHASE: »Determine Applicant’s eligibility (review of organizational documents) ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS Environmental assessment of project location (30 - 120 days depending on type of Class Action) Agency prepares for CF and independent consultant for WEP FORMAL APPLICATION PHASE: »Preliminary Engineering/Architectural Report (PER) to determine project feasibility »formalize agreements with architect or engineer »Financial Feasibility Study »Public Meeting - Community Consensus »Funds Obligated, letter of Conditions issued »Interim financing Arrangements made for construction period »loan closed and funds disbursed after final inspection and acceptance of project
Criticisms of RD Funding RD review of project scope, design, and costs in addition to DEQ’s approval Environmental- Mitigation measures to protect farmland, wetlands, and floodplains Requirement for Municipal Bonds for Public Bodies- 10% Debt Reserve Fund (Revenue Bond)
Advantages of RD Funding Low interest rates Longest fixed rate term available Matching funds for State Grants Commitment prior to authorizing design No fees for RUS services RUS’s commitment to customer service No pre-payment penalties
Best Practices for RD Funding Get RD involved early in the project development! Board/ Council needs to be engaged in the process. Communication is critical.
Thank you! Contact Information: Alana Cannon Community Programs Director USDA Rural Development PO Box 11005 Cheney Federal Building Casper, WY 82602 307.233.6709