Program 101

Are Applications Currently Being Accepted: No

Strategic Economic and Community Development is a Farm Bill provision that allows USDA to give priority for projects that support the implementation of regional economic development plans through the following four USDA Rural Development programs:


Projects that promote regional economic development can capitalize upon the unique strengths of specific rural areas. USDA Rural Development helps finance these projects by helping applicants overcome multi-jurisdictional challenges and by helping leverage federal, state, local or private funding.  Regionally focused projects help USDA resources have a larger impact, enabling greater wealth creation and quality of life improvements.

Application Process


To be eligible for SECD, a project must:

  • Be eligible for the underlying program
  • Be carried out solely in a rural area
  • Support a multi-jurisdictional strategic economic community development plan

Consideration for regional development priority will be based on:
(1) How well the project supports a multi-jurisdictional plan, and
(2) How well the plan addresses collaboration and investments from other federal and philanthropic agencies.

For More Information

Please contact your local USDA Rural Development office: or contact Angela Callie in the national office at