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Jan 20, 2023 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) inviting applications for the Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) program for fiscal year (FY) 2023. The RISE program is intended to improve the ability of distressed rural communities to create high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, and help rural communities identify and maximize local assets. Applications that will assist rural communities to recover economically, ensure rural residents have equitable access to Rural Development programs and benefits from Rural Development funded projects, and reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support are encouraged. Applications are due by April 20, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
USDA: USDA Equity Commission Federal Register
Jan 17, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the USDA Equity Commission and Subcommittee on Agriculture on January 31, 2023, and February 2, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern each day. Agenda items may include but are not limited to administrative matters; presentations by the Rural Community Economic Development and Agriculture Subcommittees; and deliberations and voting of recommendations to be included in an interim report. Pre-registration for the meeting is requested.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 20, 2022 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) correcting the November 23, 2022 notice soliciting applications for the Rural Business Development Grant Program. This correction clarifies that Intergovernmental Review under Executive order 12372 is required for the program.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 16, 2022 - Announces that the that USDA is investing $102 million to expand access to housing and water infrastructure to underserved and rural people in 47 states and American Samoa. The 263 projects will create economic opportunities and improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in rural America.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dec 8, 2022 - Highlights several specific housing-related challenges that can create a barrier for broadband investment and adoption in rural areas, including affordability and income, the varying location of subsidized and unsubsidized affordable housing in rural areas. Notes that government at the state and federal level, as well as internet service providers and consumers, must recognize their specific circumstances to successfully increase broadband access.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
Dec 6, 2022 - Announces $981 million in funding to support financing and technical assistance for rural business and small business growth in 47 states, Guam and the Virgin Islands. Highlights funded projects in Alabama, Iowa, and Idaho and provides a list of impacted states and the 8 programs that will administer the 242 awards.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Last Updated: 1/20/2023