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Rural Community Development Initiative Grants in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island

Paper application deadline: July 15, 2024 Electronic application deadline: July 10, 2024

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What does this program do?
RCDI grants are awarded to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

Who may apply for this program?

  • Public bodies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Qualified Private (for-profit) Organizations

What is an eligible area?
Rural and rural area--Any area other than (i) a city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants; and (ii) the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such city or town.

How may funds be used?
To improve housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.
Rural Community Development Initiative grants may be used for, but are not limited to:

Training sub-grantees to conduct:

  1. Home-ownership education
  2. Minority business entrepreneur education

Providing technical assistance to sub-grantees on

  1. Strategic plan development
  2. Accessing alternative funding sources
  3. Board training
  4. Developing successful child care facilities
  5. Creating training tools, such as videos, workbooks, and reference guides
  6. Effective fundraising techniques

What kind of funding is available?

  • Minimum grant award is $50,000; maximum grant award is $500,000
  • Grant funds are limited and are awarded through a competitive process

Are matching funds required?

  • Matching fund requirement equal to amount of grant
  • In-kind contributions cannot be used as matching funds
  • Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and nonprofit entities are encouraged

How do we get started?

  • Applications are accepted on an annual basis through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in the Federal Register
  • Program Resources are available online (includes forms needed, guidance, certifications etc.)

Who can answer questions?
Contact your local RD office.

What governs this program?
Code of Federal Regulation; 2 CFR 200 and Guidelines announced in NOFA, published in the Federal Register.

NOTE: Because citations and other information may be subject to change please always consult the program Instructions listed in the section above titled "What Law Governs this Program?" You may also contact your State Office RCDI Contact for assistance.

NOTE: If state specific forms are not shown above, please refer to the application materials listed below to start the process of applying. Please ensure that your state is selected in the dropdown menu above to find the State Office contact information for this program and speak to a Community Programs Specialist before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you valuable time in the process.

Application Information:

An application package can be downloaded from Grants.gov   CFDA 10.446

For more information about this program, or to file an application, contact the Rural Development State Office RCDI Contact.

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


Norwich Area Office
Serving Windham and New London Counties
238 West Town Street
Norwich, CT 06360
Phone: (860)887-3604 Ext. 4
Fax: 855-947-9638

Area Director: Tricia Anderson
(P) (508) 295-5151 ext. 7241

Windsor Area Office
Serving Tolland, Middlesex, Hartford, Litchfield, New Haven, and Fairfield Counties
100 Northfield Drive, Floor 4
Windsor, CT 06095
Phone: (860)902-5382
Fax: 855-947-9638

Area Director: Tricia Anderson
(P) (508) 295-5151 ext. 7241


Hadley Area Office
Serving Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden Counties
195 Russel Street, B7
Hadley, MA 01035
Phone: (413) 585-1000 Ext. 4
Fax: 855-596-7672

Area Director: Lyndon Nichols
(P) 413-585-3244
(C) 857-321-2704

Holden Area Office
Serving Worcester, Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties
52 Boyden Road
Holden, MA 01520
Phone: (508) 829-4477 Ext. 4
Fax: 855-596-7672

Area Director: Lyndon Nichols
(P)508-829-4477 ext 7031
(C) 857-321-2704

Wareham Area Office
Serving Bristol, Norfolk, Plymouth, Dukes, Nantucket, and Barnstable counties
8 Thatcher Lane
Wareham, MA 02571
Phone: (508) 295-5151 Ext. 4
Fax: 855-596-7672

Area Director: Anne Correia
(P) 508-295-5151 ext. 7242
(C) 857-321-2697

Rhode Island

Warwick Office
Serving Rhode Island
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 44
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: (401) 826-0842
Fax: 855-944-7488

Area Director: Anne Correia
(P) 508-295-5151 ext. 7242 
(C) 857-321-2697