Initiatives

Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge

Planning support and technical assistance to foster placemaking activities in rural communities.

Strategic Economic and Community Development

Priorities for projects that support the implementation of regional economic development plans.

Promise Zones

Partnering with local leaders to give them proven tools to rebuild and put people back to work.

Interagency Working Group on Cooperative Development (IWGCD)

Established to foster cooperative development and ensure coordination with Federal agencies and national and local cooperative organizations that have cooperative programs and interests.

Substantially Underserved Trust Area (SUTA)

The SUTA provisions authorize the RUS to provide tools to help finance improvements in electric, telecommunications, water and sewer infrastructure in SUTA.

Small Scale Rural Renewable Energy Pilot

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021(PL116-260) provided $10 million to USDA to develop a pilot program that provides financial assistance to rural communities to further develop renewable energy.

Healthy Food Financing Initiative

The Healthy Food Financing Initiative aims to improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, to create and preserve quality jobs, and to revitalize low-income communities.