USDA announces $6M available for rural nonprofits |

USDA announces $6M available for rural nonprofits

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Aug. 13, that USDA is seeking applications for grants to provide financial and technical assistance to housing, community facility and community and economic development projects.

“Many rural nonprofits often need capital and technical assistance to carry out their missions,” Vilsack said. “These grants will provide both of these components through local and regional organizations that are experts at delivering such services.”

The grants will make nearly $6 million available to qualified organizations under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI).

Recipients must be nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes.

The grants do not go directly to business recipients but rather through qualified intermediaries. Intermediary organizations are required to provide matching funds at least equal to the RCDI grant.

The deadline for submitting RCDI applications is November 12, 2014. Applications must be submitted to the USDA Rural Development state office where the applicant’s headquarters are located.

–The Hagstrom Report


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