USDA Seeks Applications for Community Development Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative grant to support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

The grant will be provided through USDA’s Community Facilities Rural Community Development Initiative Grant Program.  Congress first authorized this program in 1999 to develop the capacity and ability of private, non-profit community-based housing and community development organizations, low income rural communities, and federally recognized Native American Tribes.

Qualified intermediary organizations 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.  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 $50,000.00 and $250,000.00. The Recipient and Beneficiary, but not the Intermediary, must be located in a city or town that has a population of 50,000 or less inhabitants.

The deadline to apply is July 25, 2017. Applications in Missouri should be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office:

USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Community Programs
601 Business Loop, 70 West
Parkade Center Suite 235
Columbia, MO 65203

Additional information about this program and how to apply can be found at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-26/pdf/2017-10776.pdf

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