Welcome to USDA Rural Development
We are committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through our programs, we help rural Americans in many ways.
- We offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing; health care; first responder services and equipment; and water, electric and communications infrastructure.
- We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations.
- We provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs.
- We help rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes.
USDA Rural Development invests in rural America with loan, grant, and loan guarantee programs because we understand a strong community is rooted in its people. The commitment and resources we bring to rural communities helps drive economic security and prosperity. Our programs expand access to high-speed internet, electric, and transportation infrastructure, and support business growth, healthcare, education, housing, and other community essentials.
You’ll find a quick overview of our program areas along with a list of state office contacts in our USDA Rural Development At-a-Glance flyer. Or, you can click below for a more comprehensive look at our portfolio.