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Funding by Topic: Community and economic development

Summaries of funding programs are provided by RHIhub for your convenience. Please contact the funder directly for the most complete and current information.

BNSF Railway Foundation Grants
Grants to organizations that operate near a BNSF railway line. Priority areas include health and human service organizations, programs that address chemical dependency treatment and prevention, spouse and child abuse, women's and children's aid, transitional shelters, hospitals, medical programs, and youth development programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide in areas near BNSF rail lines.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Foundation
Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans
Loan guarantees to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Grants
Awards grants to organizations working in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania in the areas of health, human services, education, economic development, and community development.
Geographic coverage: West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
Community Facility Loans
Loans to help develop and improve essential community facilities in the rural West.
Geographic coverage: Available in 13 western states and the Pacific Islands. See program website for details.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Economic Development Assistance Programs
Grants support the implementation of regional economic development, including public works projects and job creation projects. Past projects have included funding for water and wastewater projects in hospitals and healthcare facilities and road infrastructure projects that would support the expansion of healthcare facilities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration
Economic Impact Initiative Grants
Funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities that have extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Entergy Micro Grants
Provides grants for projects that effectively impact arts and culture, community improvement/enrichment, education and literacy, the environment, or healthy families.
Geographic coverage: Communities within Entergy's service area in Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Texas, and Vermont
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Entergy Corporation
Ford Family Foundation Grants
Offers grants to small, rural communities for community development, technical assistance, critical needs, increased access to healthcare, youth development, and child welfare.
Geographic coverage: Oregon and Siskiyou County, California
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Ford Family Foundation
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Small Grants Program
Funding for nonprofit organizations in Maryland and northeastern Pennsylvania working in the areas of basic human needs, health, disabilities, education, community support, the elderly, veterans, and workforce development.
Geographic coverage: Maryland and Northeastern Pennsylvania
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Intermediary Relending Program (IRP)
Provides low interest loans to intermediaries that re-lend to businesses to improve economic conditions and create jobs in rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development