USDA Rural Community Development Initiative Grants

Applications due June 5, 2019

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The USDA Rural Community Development Initiative grants are awarded to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

Who may apply for this program?

· Public bodies

· Non-profit organizations

· Qualified Private (for-profit) Organizations

What is an eligible area?

Rural and rural area–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.

How may funds be used?

· To improve housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

· Rural Community Development Initiative grants may be used for, but are not limited to:

Training sub-grantees to conduct:

· Home-ownership education

· Minority business entrepreneur education

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

What kind of funding is available?

· Minimum grant award is $50,000; maximum grant award is $250,000

· Grant funds are limited and are awarded through a competitive process

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