Strategic Economic and Community Development Program
Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) is a program that allows USDA to give priority for projects that support the implementation of regional economic development plans through several USDA Rural Development funding programs:
- Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
- Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program
- Water and Waste Revolving Loan Funds
- Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program
- Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees
- Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program
- Rural Business Development Grants
Consideration for regional development priority will be based on how well the project supports a multi-jurisdictional plan and how well the plan addresses collaboration and investments from other federal and philanthropic agencies.
In the past, funds were set aside for SECD priority under each underlying program. According to a May 10, 2018 Federal Register notice, applicants approved under SECD this year will receive priority points during the application phase.
To be eligible for SECD, a project must:
- Be eligible for the underlying USDA funding program
- Be carried out solely in a rural area
- Support a multi-jurisdictional strategic economic community development plan
This is not a funding program. It is an application process to request priority points for specific USDA funding programs.
State offices will process the forms and forward them to the appropriate USDA contact when the applicant competes for eligible USDA funding programs.
Submit by the underlying program application deadlines or September 30, 2018, whichever comes first.
For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.