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Strategic Economic and Community Development Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

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:

Consideration for regional development priority will be based on how well the project supports a multi-jurisdictional plan (called the Strategic Community Investment Plan) and how well the plan addresses collaboration and investments from other federal and philanthropic agencies.


To be eligible for SECD, a project must:

  1. Be eligible for the underlying USDA funding program
  2. Be carried out solely in a rural area
  3. Support a multi-jurisdictional strategic economic community development plan
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

This is not a funding program. It is an application process to request priority points for specific USDA funding programs.

Application process

Submit SECD form RD 1980-88 to the appropriate state USDA Rural Development office by the deadline for the covered program opportunity.

Applicants who are applying through a loan guarantee program may submit forms under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative application guidelines.

Applicant webinar recording

Tagged as
Capital funding · Community and economic development · Environmental health · Healthcare facilities · Infrastructure

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.