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Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.446
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Mar 29, 2021

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

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

  • Train sub-grantees to conduct home ownership education and/or minority business entrepreneur education
  • Provide technical assistance to sub-grantees on:
    • Strategic plan development
    • Accessing alternative funding sources
    • Board training
    • Developing successful childcare facilities
    • Creating training tools such as videos, workbooks, and reference guides
    • Effective fundraising techniques

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

Discretionary points will be awarded to applications that address USDA's goal to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to address one or more of the following focus areas at the community, county, state, and/or regional levels:

  • Prevention: Reducing the occurrence of Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) among new and at-risk users as well as fatal substance-related overdoses through community and provider education, and harm reduction measures including the strategic placement of overdose reversing devices, such as naloxone
  • Treatment: Implementing or expanding access to evidence-based practices for Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) treatment such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Recovery: Expanding peer recovery and treatment options that help people start and stay in recovery

Eligible applicants include:

  • Nonprofit community-based housing and development organizations
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Rural communities

Recipients and beneficiaries of the funding, but not the Intermediary, must be located in a city or town that has a population of 50,000 or less.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $250,000
Award floor: $50,000
Project period: 3 years

The Intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the RCDI grant.

Application process

A link to the application instructions is available on the program website and on

Submit completed applications online through or mail completed applications to the appropriate Rural Development State Office.

The deadline for electronic applications through is March 22, 2021, and the deadline for receipt of paper applications is March 29, 2021.

Tagged as
Child care · Community and economic development · Fundraising · Governance of healthcare organizations · Healthcare facilities · Housing and homelessness · Illicit drug use · Infrastructure · Minorities · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Prescription drug misuse · Substance use and misuse · Sustainability of programs

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