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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Community Development Initiative

Deadline: July 25, 2017

The Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program provides funding to help non-profit housing and community development organizations support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Funds may be used to improve housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. This includes, but is not limited to:

1) Training sub-grantees to conduct:

  • Home-ownership education
  • Minority business entrepreneur education

2) Providing technical assistance to sub-grantees on:

  • Strategic plan development
  • Accessing alternative funding sources
  • Board training
  • Developing successful child care facilities
  • Creating training tools, such as videos, workbooks, and reference guides
  • Effective fundraising techniques

The physical location of the recipient’s office that will be receiving the financial and technical assistance must be in an eligible rural area. Eligible rural areas include any area other than (i) a city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants; and (ii) the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such city or town.

Amount: Grants range from $50,000-$250,000. Matching funds are required in the amount equal to the grant. Verification of the matching funds must be submitted with the grant application.

Eligibility: Qualified private, nonprofit (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations), and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations. The intermediary organization must have been legally organized for a minimum of 3 years and have at least 3 years prior experience working with private nonprofit community-based housing and development organizations, low-income rural communities, or tribal organizations in the areas of housing, community facilities, or community and economic development.

Link: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-community-development-initiative-grants

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