USDA Seeking Grant Applications for Community Development

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites grant applications for projects supporting economic and community development in rural areas. Grant funding is available to non-profits and public bodies through two programs: the Rural Community Development Initiative Program and the Community Facilities Technical Assistance & Training Grant Program.

The Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program grants help entities strengthen the rural economy. Qualified intermediary organizations receiving RCDI grants provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facilities or economic development projects. Applicants must have capacity-building experience for these types of projects and must provide matching funds at least equal to the RCDI grant. Grants range from $50,000 to $250,000. For more information, see the Notice of Funding Availability.

The Communities Facilities Technical Assistance & Training Grant program helps rural communities pursuing large projects develop applications for USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program. The grant provides up to $150,000 of support to entities to hire specialized personnel, pay for feasibility studies, and retain consultants to prepare financial assistance applications and identify and plan for long-term community needs. Application information can be found in the Notice of Solicitation of Applications published in the Federal Register.

Applications for both programs must be received by Tuesday July 25, 2017. For more information on these grant programs, contact Eric Law, Vermont and New Hampshire Community Program Specialist, at (802) 828-6033 or by email at

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, invests in housing, business and community infrastructure programs aimed at increasing economic opportunity and the quality of life in rural America.  For more information on Rural Development visit the Vermont Rural Development website ( or contact USDA at (802) 828-6080.