Program Description

Community Economic Development (CED) and Rural Community Development (RCD) programs of the Division of Community Discretionary Programs in the Office of Community Services are available to tribal organizations. The CED program provides funding for projects aimed at business development opportunities that create employment for individuals with low-income located in geographic areas with a demonstrated need for the proposed project. To accomplish this, the program requires that all businesses and positions created support a service area with unemployment and poverty rates that are at or above the state or national levels. The CED program also seeks to fund projects that address the personal and community barriers that must be overcome to help individuals with low-income become self-sufficient.

The RCD program provides funding for training and technical assistance for small water and wastewater systems in low-income rural communities to ensure that residents have access to safe water systems. It does this by providing grants to multi-state, regional, private, non-profit organizations that provide training and technical assistance to small, rural communities for the purpose of improving access to safe water through the creation of new systems, bringing existing systems up to standard or connecting an unserved community with neighboring systems.

General Program Requirements

Eligible applicants for the CED program must be private, non-profit Community Development Corporations (CDC) with 501(c)(3) status (including Faith-based and tribal CDC's); CDC status is documented in articles of incorporation, bylaws, or other official documents demonstrating that the CDC has a principal purpose of planning, developing, or managing low-income housing or community economic development activities; and the Board of Directors of the organization must have representation from community residents, business leaders, and civic leaders.

Eligible applicants for the RCD program are experienced multi-state, regional, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations equipped to provide training and technical assistance to small, rural communities concerning their community water and waste water facility needs, including Faith-based organizations that meet program requirements.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

Eligible applicants submit applications for financial assistance in response to a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) published in, during the time the RCD program is open to receive those applications. No grant award will be made under this announcement on the basis of an incomplete application. No grant award will be made to an applicant or sub-recipient that does not have a DUNS number and an active registration at SAM.

Each application will be screened to determine the extent of which they have disqualification factors published in the FOA. Disqualified applications are considered to be “non-responsive” and are excluded from the competitive review process.

Applications that are not disqualified are reviewed and evaluated by an objective review panel using only the criteria described in the published FOA. Each panel is composed of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review.

Applicants will be notified of a disqualification determination by email or by USPS postal mail within 30 federal business days from the closing date of the FOA.

Official announcement of awards and the disposition of applications will be provided to applicants. Successful applicants are notified through the issuance of a Notice of Award (NOA), while organizations whose applications will not be funded will be notified by letter. Awards will be made no later than September 30, 2016.

Program Contact Information

Rafael J. Elizalde
Program Manager

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.570
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities, Non-Tribal Entities
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)100,000
Length of Program5 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes - All eligible regional, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations that are designed to provide training and technical assistance to low-income small rural communities in developing and managing affordable, safe water and wastewater treatment facilities.
Tribes Funded by this Program2 organizations

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