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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
Jun 25, 2018

Contact the Rural Development office for the state in which the applicant is located.

Federal contact:
Shirley Stevenson


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, 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:

  • Train sub-grantees to conduct home ownership education 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.


Eligible applicants include:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Public and Indian housing authorities
  • Public and private institutions of higher education
  • City, township, county, or special district governments
  • State governments
  • Small businesses and for-profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts

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
Expected number of awards: 25
Estimated total program funding: $4,000,000

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

Application process

Links to the full announcement and electronic application are available through

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

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