Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help strengthen the rural economy.
USDA is making grants available under the Rural Community Development Initiative program for qualified intermediaries to provide assistance to help improve housing and community facilities, and to implement community and economic development projects in rural areas.
Electronic applications must be submitted to grants.gov by June 5, 2019, at midnight EDT. Paper applications must be submitted to the applicant’s nearest USDA office by June 10, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. local time. Additional information is available on page 11493 of the March 27 Federal Register.
USDA encourages applications that will support recommendations made in the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB) to help improve life in rural America. Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Key strategies include:
Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America
Developing the Rural Economy
Harnessing Technological Innovation
Supporting a Rural Workforce
Improving Quality of Life
USDA also encourages applications that will support the Administration’s goal to combat substance use disorder, including opioid misuse, in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to address prevention, treatment and/or recovery.