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110 STAT. 1148 PUBLIC LAW 104-127—APR. 4, 1996 advantaged individuals, as determined by the Secretary. "(C) GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY. — To the extent practicable, the Secretary shall designate organizations in diverse geographic areas.". 7 USC 2204b SEC. 762. SIMPLIFIED, UNIFORM APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE FROM note. ALL FEDERAL RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture shall develop a streamlined, simplified, and uniform application which shall be used in applying for assistance under all of the following: (1) Sections 304(b), 306, 306A, 306C, 306D, 310B, and 375 and subtitle E of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1924(b), 1926, 1926a, 1926c, 1926d, and 1932). (2) Subtitle G of title XVI and sections 2281, 2333, and 2381 of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 5901-5908, 5177a, 950aaa-2, and 3125b). (3) Subtitle C of title IX of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act Amendments of 1991 (Public Law 102- 237: 7 U.S.C. 5930 note). (4) Section 1323(b) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-198; 7 U.S.C. 1932 note). (5) Title V and section 603(c) of the Rural Development Act of 1972 (7 U.S.C. 2661-2669 and 2204a(c)). (6) Sections 5 and 311 and title IV of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 905, 940a, and 941-950b). SEC. 763. COMMUNITY FACILITIES GRANT PROGRAM. Section 306(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1926(a)) (as amended by section 741(a)(5)) is amended by adding at the end the following: "(19) COMMUNITY FACILITIES GRANT PROGRAM. — "(A) IN GENERAL.— The Secretary may make grants, in a total amount not to exceed $10,000,000 for any fiscal year, to associations, units of general local government, nonprofit corporations, and federally recognized Indian tribes to provide the Federal share of the cost of developing specific essential community facilities in rural areas. "(B) FEDERAL SHARE.— "(i) IN GENERAL.— Except as provided in clauses (ii) and (iii), the Secretary shall, by regulation, establish the amount of the Federal share of the cost of the facility under this paragraph. "(ii) MAXIMUM AMOUNT.— The amount of a grant provided under this paragraph for a facility shall not exceed 75 percent of the cost of developing the facility, "(iii) GRADUATED SCALE.— The Secretary shall provide for a graduated scale for the amount of the Federal share provided under this paragraph, with higher Federal shares for facilities in communities that have lower community population and income levels, as determined by the Secretary.".