USDA Rural Development Provides Resources

Below, please find a few resources and information that may be of interest.

  • Launch of Rural Community Toolbox Website: On Wednesday, June 24th, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time, please join the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and Senior Administration Officials for a virtual launch of the Rural Community Toolbox website, a new resource for rural communities impacted by addiction.  The Rural Community Toolbox will serve as a clearinghouse for funding and resources in over a dozen different federal agencies to help rural leaders build strong, healthy, and drug-free communities.   Registration: Participants will receive instructions on accessing the call after submitting an RSVP to the following link: A copy of the invitation is attached.
  • 2021 Rx Summit Call for Presentations: The Call for Presentations is now open for the 2021 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, which will be held April 5-8 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Presentation proposals can be submitted for a breakout session (75-minute education session), the poster hall, or both.There is a limit of 3 presentation proposals per submitter. Please use this link to submit a presentation proposal: Deadline to submit a proposal is August 28, 2020.
  • USDA-National Institute for Food and Agriculture Rural Health Safety Education competitive grant program. The RHSE program proposals are expected to be community-based outreach education programs, such as those conducted through Human Science extension outreach that provide individuals and families with: information as to the value of good health at any age; information to increase individual or family’s motivation to take more responsibility for their own health; information regarding rural environmental health issues that directly impact human health; information about and access to health promotion and educational activities; and training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local, and community partners. Deadline July 1, 2020.
  • Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP) – Continuing Training Grants (CTG)  The FY 2020 CTG program’s purpose is to address emerging threats and Lifelines through the development and delivery of training and facilitate a national whole community approach to focus on the challenges with the greatest impact on the Nation’s preparedness. FEMA, through CTG recipients, will concentrate on developing training to address long-term gaps—including rising disaster costs, new technology, an older and more diverse population, cybersecurity – and operating in a pandemic environment. Deadline July 9, 2020
  • USDA-Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Program Fact Sheet Deadline: July 13,2020.
  •  USDA-Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. Examples of essential facilities include Health care facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Program Fact Sheet Status – Open/accepting applications.
  • USDA-Rural Development Rural Community Development Initiative Grants (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. Currently Open:  Fact Sheet
  •  USDA-Rural Development Single Family Direct Housing loans this program assists low- and very-low-income applicants obtain decent, safe and sanitary housing in eligible rural areas by providing payment assistance to increase an applicant’s repayment ability. Fact Sheet Currently Open
  •  USDA Rural Development, Rural Business Development Grants -This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Grants must be used on projects to benefit small and emerging businesses in rural areas as specified in the grant application. Uses may include: Distance adult learning for job training and advancement, Rural transportation improvement, Community economic development, and Technology-based economic development. Currently Open
  • USDA-Rural Development, Intermediary Relending ProgramProvides low-interest loans to local intermediaries that relend to businesses for community development projects in rural communities. Fact Sheet Currently Open
  •  USDA-Rural Development, Water &Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Fact Sheet  Currently Open
  •  USDA-Food Nutrition Service FY 2020 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food AuthoritiesThe purpose of the Equipment Assistance Grants is to distribute funding allocations provided by the Agriculture Appropriations Act to State Agencies to competitively award equipment assistance grants to eligible school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). These funds will allow SFAs to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals and improve food safety