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Strategic Economic and Community Development


Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) funding is authorized through a Farm Bill provision that supports regional economic and community development planning.


SECD supports projects that promote and implement strategic community investment plans. These plans use the unique strengths of rural communities to advance prosperity. USDA Rural Development helps finance these projects to build community prosperity by using community assets, identifying resources, convening partners and leveraging federal, state, local or private funding.  

What is the Application Process

To apply, applicants must meet covered program requirements and submit the Form RD 1980-88 to the nearest USDA office. Applicants who are applying for SECD funding through a loan guarantee program may submit forms under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative application guidelines.

Community Connect applicants must submit SECD applications electronically at: https://www.rd.usda.gov/community-connect

Who may apply for this program?

To be eligible for SECD, a project must:

  • Be eligible for the covered program
  • Be carried out in a rural area
  • Support a multi-jurisdictional and multi-sectoral strategic community investment plan

Consideration will be based on:
(1) How well the project supports a multi-jurisdictional and multi-sectoral plan, and
(2) Whether the plan contains evidence of collaboration among multiple stakeholders; leverages applicable regional resources, monetary and non-monetary investments from strategic partners, including private and philanthropic organizations and government entities; and includes clear objectives with measurable performance metrics and actions steps for implementation. Interested participants are encouraged to have their plans reviewed by their state’s staff early in the process for feedback and possible modification prior to submitting the formal application. 

Covered Rural Development Programs  

Priority may be given to applications submitted through the following programs: 

For More Information

Please contact  gregory.batson@usda.gov

There are no other additional requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above.

Gregory Batson,
Email: gregory.batson@usda.gov

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Funding Opportunity

Join us for a SECD FY 23 Webinar for Stakeholders on Tuesday, December 13 at 2 p.m. ET

The 2018 Farm Bill authorized USDA to make reserved program funding available under the Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) initiative to implement multi-jurisdictional and multi-sectoral strategic community investment plans. SECD is a funding opportunity designed to encourage and advance regional community and economic strategic planning.

Join us on Tuesday, December 13 at 2 p.m. ET for the SECD FY 23 Webinar for Stakeholders for an overview of the Innovation Center, SECD projects, participating covered programs, and review the FY 2023 SECD application requirements, process and timelines.

Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in broadband, businesses, community facilities, infrastructure, partnerships, and innovation.

In FY23, the programs with SECD reserve funds include Community Connect, Community Facilities, Rural Business Development Grants and Water and Environmental Programs. You should join this webinar if your work supports regional community and economic development, strategic planning, and seeks funding to assist rural communities in efforts to improve and thrive.

For questions, contact Gregory Batson at Gregory.Batson@usda.gov or via phone at (573) 239-2945.

SECD FY 23 Webinar | Tuesday, December 13, 2022 2 p.m. ET | Zoom Registration