Program Description

This 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.

What governs this program?
Code of Federal Regulation; 2 CFR 200 and Guidelines announced in NOFA, published in the Federal Register

For additional program information visit the Agency website at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-community-development-initiative-grants

General Program Requirements

Who may apply for this program?

  • Public bodies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Federally Recognized Tribes

What is an eligible area?
Rural areas including cities, villages, townships, towns and Federally Recognized Tribal Lands outside the boundaries of a city of 50,000 or more and its immediately adjacent urbanized area.

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:

  1. Home-ownership education
  2. Minority business entrepreneur education

Providing technical assistance to sub-grantees on:

  1. Strategic plan development
  2. Accessing alternative funding sources
  3. Board training
  4. Developing successful child care facilities
  5. Creating training tools, such as videos, workbooks, and reference guides
  6. 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

Are matching funds required?

  • Matching fund requirement equal to amount of grant
  • In-kind contributions cannot be used as matching funds
  • Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and nonprofit entities are encouraged

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Applications are accepted on an annual basis through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in the Federal Register

Who can answer questions?
Contact your local RD office. http://www.rd.usda.gov/files/RCDI_State_Contacts.pdf

An application package can be downloaded from Grants.gov CFDA 10.446 http://www.grants.gov/

Checklist of Forms included in Grants.gov application package http://www.rd.usda.gov/files/RD_CF_RCDI_Checklist.pdf

For more information about this program, or to file an application, contact the Rural Development State Office RCDI Contact. http://www.rd.usda.gov/files/RCDI_State_Contacts.pdf

Program Contact Information

Shirley Stevenson
Senior Loan Specialist
Shirley.Stevenson@wdc.usda.gov
202-205-9685

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number10.446
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Public bodies and Non-profit organizations

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