Rural Community Development Initiatives Grants, Due Dec. 22

Grants to develop the capacity and ability of nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas.

Eligible Applicants

  • City or township governments
  • State governments
  • Special district governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • County governments
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

Estimated Total Program Funding:

  • $6,256,000
  • Award Ceiling:   $300,000
  • Award Floor:      $50,000

The Intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the RCDI grant. The respective minumum and maximum grant amount per Intermediary is $50,000.00 and $300,000.00. The Recipient, but not the Intermediary, must be located in a city or town that has a population of less than 50,000 inhabitants.

Fund uses must be consistent with the RCDI purpose. A nonexclusive list of eligible grant uses includes the following:

  1. Provide technical assistance to develop recipients’ capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development, i.e., the intermediary hires a staff person to provide technical assistance to the recipient or the recipient hires a staff person, under the supervision of the intermediary, to carry out the technical assistance provided by the intermediary.
  2. Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct community development programs, e.g.,  homeownership education or training for business entrepreneurs.
  3. Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct development initiatives, e.g., programs that support micro-enterprise and sustainable development.
  4. Develop the capacity of recipients to increase their leveraging ability and access to alternative funding sources by providing training and staffing.
  5. Develop the capacity of recipients to provide the technical assistance component for essential community facilities projects.
  6. Assist recipients in completing predevelopment requirements for housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects by providing resources for professional services, e.g., architectural, engineering, or legal.
  7. Improve recipient’s organizational capacity by providing training and resource material on developing strategic plans, board operations, management, financial systems, and information technology.
  8. Purchase of computers, software, and printers, limited to $10,000 per award, at the recipient level when directly related to the technical assistance program being undertaken by the intermediary.
  9. Provide funds to recipients for training-related travel costs and training expenses related to RCDI.

Ineligible Fund Uses

  1. Pass-through grants, capacity grants, and any funds provided to the recipient in a lump sum that are not reimbursements.
  2. Funding a revolving loan fund (RLF).
  3. Construction (in any form).
  4. Salaries for positions involved in construction, renovations, rehabilitation, and any oversight of these types of activities.
  5. Intermediary preparation of strategic plans for recipients.
  6. Funding prostitution, gambling, or any illegal activities.
  7. Grants to individuals.
  8. Funding a grant where there may be a conflict of interest, or an appearance of a conflict of interest, involving any action by the Agency.
  9. Paying obligations incurred before the beginning date without prior Agency approval or after the ending date of the grant agreement.
  10. Purchasing real estate.
  11. Improvement or renovation of the grantee’s, or recipient’s office space or for the repair or  maintenance of privately owned vehicles.
  12. Any other purpose prohibited in 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016, and 3019, as applicable.
  13. Using funds for recipient’s general operating costs.

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Rural Community Development Initiatives Grants, Due Dec. 22

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