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Deadline: November 12, 2014

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

The Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) develops the capacity and ability of private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, and low income rural communities to improve housing, community facilities, community and economic development projects in rural areas. Grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects that will support the community.

RCDI grants may be used for but are not limited to: (a) training sub-grantees to conduct a program on home-ownership education; (b) training sub-grantees to conduct a program for minority business entrepreneurs; (c) providing technical assistance to sub-grantees on how to effectively prepare a strategic plan; (d) provide technical assistance to sub-grantees on how to access alternative funding sources; (e) building organizational capacity through board training; (f) developing training tools, such as videos, workbooks, and reference guides to be used by the sub-grantee; (g) providing technical assistance and training on how to develop successful child care facilities; and (h) providing training on effective fundraising techniques.

Amount: $5,967,000 is available for grants ranging from $50,000-$250,000.

Eligibility: Qualified private, nonprofit, (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations), and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations.


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