Rural Community Development Initiative Grant (RCDI)


  • Karen Lee,
  • USDA Rural Development
  • 2118 West Park Court, Suite A,
  • Champaign, IL 61821
  • Phone: (217) 403-6213
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Purpose of the Program

The Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program provides technical assistance and training funds to qualified intermediary organizations to develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

Who is Eligible

Qualified organizations can be public or private (including tribal organizations) that have been legally organized for at least three years and have experience working with eligible recipients. Recipients of assistance from the intermediary can be non-profit organizations, low-income communities, or federally recognized tribes.

Application Process

Recipients must be located in eligible rural areas, as defined in the NOFA.  Matching funds must be in the form of cash or confirmed funding commitments and be at least equal to the grant amount. In-kind contributions cannot be used as matching funds.

Availability of Funds

RCDI grant funds are available to intermediaries and have a dollar-for-dollar matching fund requirement, intended to double the impact of the grants.

How Funds are to be used

The intermediary grant recipient provides a program of technical assistance to communities or organizations to build their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, and community and economic development in rural areas.

Types of Assistance

Technical Assistance, Grants , training funds