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Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.446
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Jul 22, 2016

A list of state contacts is available on the program website.


The Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) awards grants to develop the capacity and ability of nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas.

Funds can be used for, but are not limited to, the following purposes:

  • Provide technical assistance and training on how to develop successful childcare facilities
  • Provide training on effective fundraising techniques
  • Build organizational capacity through board training
  • Develop training tools to be used by sub-grantees
  • Train sub-grantees to conduct a program on homeownership education
  • Train sub-grantees to conduct a program for minority business owners

Past awarded projects have included healthcare and infrastructure development in tribal communities and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations that help rural health clinics.


Eligible entities include:

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

Eligible 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.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Total Funding Available: $4,000,000
Award Ceiling: $250,000
Award Floor: $50,000

Matching fund requirement equal to amount of grant

Application process

Links to the full announcement and electronic application are available through

Tagged as
Child care · Community and economic development · Fundraising · Housing and homelessness · Infrastructure

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