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Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.890
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Sep 10, 2020

Angela Callie


The Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge provides Grants for organizations to provide planning and implementation technical assistance to rural communities to foster placemaking, which is the process of creating quality places where people want to live, work, and play. The program goal is to create greater social and cultural vitality in rural communities aimed at improving people's social, physical, and economic well-being.

The program considers quality placemaking planning technical assistance to includes:

  • Evidence-based understanding of community assets, challenges, and opportunities
  • A description of the distinct qualities of the community (both positive and negative) and how the plan will respect and promote the distinctiveness of the community
  • A description of resources that can be connected and mobilized to further the goals and implement the strategies in the plan
  • A vision statement that summarizes the most important outcomes that the community wants to see achieved through the plan
  • Focused goals and strategies that are logical, targeted, measurable, and timely with tasks identified and with a responsible party assigned
  • A statement of values that identifies the principles that leaders and stakeholders should use in determining strategies
  • Evidence of broad community participation, public input, and buy-in
  • A description of the partners and the partnerships that led to the plan
  • Persuasive format in a non-technical manner
  • Strategies intended to help produce, either directly or indirectly, improvements in the local and regional economy, with implementation strategies, fostering social and cultural vitality and adoption of broadband

Eligible applicants are public and private groups, organizations, and institutions that have expertise in providing placemaking technical assistance for rural communities. Applicants must demonstrate existing and proposed partnerships with public, private, philanthropic, and community partners to provide assistance. Planning must directly benefit cities or towns with 50,000 residents or less.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $250,000
Estimated number of awards: 5
Estimated total program funding: $1,000,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available on the program website and The application instructions will be found on the related documents tab.

Applications must be submitted through with a copy emailed to RD.Innovation@usda.govRD.

Tagged as
Broadband · Community and economic development · Healthcare facilities · Healthcare needs and services · Housing and homelessness · Human services · Infrastructure · Needs assessment methods and resources · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Transportation

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