Rural Development RCDI Grants, Deadline Aug. 13

This program provides funding to help non-profit housing and community development organizations support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Qualified private, nonprofit and public including tribal intermediary organizations proposing to carry out financial and technical assistance programs will be eligible to receive the funding. The Intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the RCDI grant. The respective minimum and maximum grant amount per Intermediary is $50,000 and $250,000. The Intermediary must provide a program of financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community.

What is an eligible area?
Rural areas including cities, villages, townships, towns and Federally Recognized Tribal Lands outside the boundaries of a city of 50,000 or more and its immediately adjacent urbanized area.

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

How may funds be used?
To improve housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Rural Community Development Initiative grants may be used for, but are not limited to:

Training sub-grantees to conduct:

  1. Home-ownership education
  2. Minority business entrepreneur education

Providing technical assistance to sub-grantees on

  1. Strategic plan development
  2. Accessing alternative funding sources
  3. Board training
  4. Developing successful child care facilities
  5. Creating training tools, such as videos, workbooks, and reference guides
  6. Effective fundraising techniques

What kind of funding is available?

  • Minimum grant award is $50,000; maximum grant award is $250,000
  • Grant funds are limited and are awarded through a competitive process

Are matching funds required?

  • Matching fund requirement equal to amount of grant
  • In-kind contributions cannot be used as matching funds
  • Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and nonprofit entities are encouraged

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Rural Development RCDI Grants, Deadline Aug. 13

Rural Community Development Initiative, Deadline Nov. 12

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Rural Development has announced  $5,967,000 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding for competitive grant funds for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program.. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the Federal grant. These grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community.

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, e.g., 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 pre-development 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.

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Rural Community Development Initiative, Deadline Nov. 12

Rural Business Opportunity Grants, Due June 24

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Estimated Program Funding: $2.6 million
Maximum Grant Amount: $100,000
Cost Sharing Requirement: None

Eligibility

Public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, and rural cooperatives are eligible to apply.

Uses

Grant funds must be used for projects in rural areas and they can be used for:

  •    Community economic development
  •    Technology-based economic development
  •    Feasibility studies and business plans
  •    Leadership and entrepreneur training
  •    Rural business incubators
  •    Long-term business strategic planning

The RBOG program promotes sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs through provision of training and technical assistance for business development, entrepreneurs, and economic development officials and to assist with economic development planning.

Rural Development is participating in the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), which is a new Administration-wide initiative that will accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and help cultivate an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in regions across the country. The IMCP is designed to reward communities that demonstrate best practices in attracting and expanding manufacturing by using long-term planning that integrates targeted investments in workforce training, infrastructure, research, and other key assets.

The IMCP is being initiated in FY 2013 as EDA, USDA, SBA and EPA each provide funding for regional implementation strategy grants. The agencies will allocate funding through existing programs to advance this critical national priority. Strategies developed by these grants, as well as existing strategies and those otherwise under development, will enhance regions’ efforts to compete for future proposed large scale IMCP grants (10 to 100 times the size of the implementation strategy grants). These grants will be given to communities with the best strategies for attracting private investment. IMCP partner agencies will coordinate funding across agencies in order to leverage complementary activities while also preventing duplication of efforts.

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Rural Business Opportunity Grants, Due June 24

Rural Jobs Accelerator Grant Program, Deadline May 9

This FFO announces the availability of funding for the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (Rural Jobs Accelerator). The goal of the Rural Jobs Accelerator is to promote opportunities for accelerated job creation and community and economic development in rural regions through regional collaboration in numerous high-potential industry clusters, including renewable energy, food production, rural tourism, natural resources, and advanced manufacturing. Many rural regions either possess, or can be linked with, assets fundamental to the growth of existing high-potential industry clusters. The Rural Jobs Accelerator provides resources to support the development of clusters and to assist distressed rural communities in accelerating job creation by leveraging local assets, building stronger economies, and creating regional linkages. Approximately 20 regions will be selected through a merit-based interagency grant process.

The Primary Funding Agencies expect to jointly award a maximum of $715,000 per project. Applicants are required to provide matching funds, and apply for funding from both of the Primary Funding Agencies. USDA will target investments to support technical assistance to develop rural communities’ capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or economic and community development. EDA will target investments to support projects that create regional linkages by connecting communities with innovation clusters and regional opportunities leading to job creation, expanded markets, and economic growth.
The Regional Funding Partners expect to offer additional funds to projects located in their respective regions. ARC’s maximum grant amount per project will be $100,000. ARC funds may be used for projects that address gaps in a community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and promote the growth and competitiveness of an identified industry cluster. DRA’s maximum grant amount per project will be $250,000. DRA funds may be used to provide technical assistance for business development and economic development planning in rural areas.

Through the use of these coordinated investments, Rural Jobs Accelerator activities will:
• Accelerate the creation of high-wage jobs;5
• Accelerate the formation of new businesses and growth of existing businesses;
• Identify and build assets in rural communities that are crucial to supporting regional economic ecosystems;
• Link rural communities to markets, networks, industry clusters, and other regional opportunities;
• Facilitate the repatriation of jobs back to the United States6;
• Support the deployment of innovative processes, technologies, and products;
• Enhance the capacity of small businesses in regional innovation clusters, including small and disadvantaged businesses7;
• Increase U.S. exports and business interaction with international buyers and suppliers;
• Develop the skills and expertise of local workforces, entrepreneurs, and institutional partners to support growing clusters; and
• Ensure rural economies are supported by efficiently planned housing and community development.

For prospective applicants, EDA and USDA will hold an information teleconference on March 20, 2012.

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 9, 2012. Contact us for more information!

Rural Jobs Accelerator Grant Program, Deadline May 9