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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
Jul 26, 2021

Angela Callie

Gregory Dale


The Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) 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. Funding may be used to help rural communities create plans to enhance capacity for broadband access; preserve cultural and historic structures; and support the development of transportation, housing, and recreational spaces.

The program considers quality placemaking concepts to include:

  • Creating livable communities is important for community developers and practitioners who implement these strategies in rural communities and areas
  • Placemaking practices include both innovative and adaptive as well as established technical processes and solutions
  • Partnerships are a key element to the RPIC and must be developed with public, private, and philanthropic organizations creating new collaborative approaches, learning together, and bringing those learned strategies into rural communities
  • Placemaking contributes to long-term investment and therefore supports a community's resiliency, social stability, and collective identity
  • Broadband is an essential component to supporting placemaking initiatives

Awardees will participate in the complete process for the delivery of placemaking planning and implementation in partnership with identified rural communities, including but not limited to:

  • Evidence-based understanding of community assets, challenges, and opportunities
  • A description of the distinct qualities of the community - both positive and negative
  • A vision statement that summarizes the most important outcomes that the community wants to see achieved
  • 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

Eligible applicants include:

  • Federally recognized tribes
  • Native American tribal organizations
  • Institutions of higher education (including 1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
  • Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) IRS status
  • Public bodies and small private entities meeting the size standards established by the U.S. Small Business Administration

All eligible applicants must demonstrate the capacity to deliver and support rural placemaking planning activities within the northeast, midwest, southern, and/or western regions of the U.S.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $250,000
Estimated total program funding: $3,000,000
Project period: Up to 2 years

Application process

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

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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