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News stories from the past 60 days.

May 14, 2024 - The Biden-Harris Administration announces a new Rural Innovators Initiative to highlight stories of extraordinary rural leaders who are ensuring their communities thrive for generations to come. Nominations close on Friday, June 14 at midnight EDT. The administration also announces over $671 million in new investments to strengthen rural infrastructure, by improving access to reliable electricity and clean drinking water, and creating good-paying jobs in rural communities.
Source: The White House
May 14, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting applications under the Puerto Rico Rural Partners Network (RPN) Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program to provide authorized activities in Puerto Rico areas affected by a disaster declared by the President or the Secretary of Agriculture. RCDI provides funding for nonprofit housing and community development intermediary organizations to support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Electronic applications are due by June 28, 2024, and paper applications must be received by July 3, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 29, 2024 - Announces the investment of $144 million to support infrastructure and renewable energy projects in 56 rural and Tribal communities. Highlights project examples in Georgia, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico. Provides additional information on the Rural Partners Network (RPN), which helps rural communities access federal funding.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Apr 17, 2024 - Discusses the rise in mountain biking in rural areas, noting the impact on rural infrastructure, local economies, and emergency services. Highlights a health and wellness initiative in Navajo Nation.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 4, 2024 - Highlights Montana's Digital Opportunity Plan that aims to close digital gaps for rural residents, older adults, veterans, tribal members, and more. Discusses funding needs and collaboration with healthcare providers and community organizations.
Source: KTVH
Apr 4, 2024 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program for fiscal year 2024. The RCDG program awards grants up to $200,000 to improve the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development. Applications are due by June 3, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 3, 2024 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) announcing that it will not be funding applications for Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) program for fiscal year 2024. RBS issued a notice of solicitation of applications on January 2, 2024, subject to the availability of funding, but did not receive the anticipated appropriations. Any applications submitted to date will not be funded through the RISE program.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 3, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) announces the availability of up to $3 million in competitive grants under the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) program for fiscal year 2024. The purpose of the SDGG program is to provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Technical assistance includes feasibility studies, business plans, strategic planning, and leadership training. Applications are due by June 3, 2024.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 5/14/2024