USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett has announced that USDA is investing $181 million through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program in 88 projects that will build community infrastructure and facilities in 27 states. The funding helps rural areas make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries and day care centers. More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations, and federally and state-recognized Native American tribes. Applicants and projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less. Loan amounts have ranged from $10,000 to $165 million.