Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Delta Regional Authority States Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP)
The Delta Regional Authority offers funds to help Delta communities create jobs and improve infrastructure, broadband, and business development including entrepreneurship and workforce training. Application Deadline: June 28, 2020

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD)
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that support regional economic and community development planning. Funding is authorized through a Farm Bill provision for applications submitted through Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, and Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees. Specific requirements and application deadlines apply. Funds must be obligated by June 30, 2020

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program
USDA Rural Development is making grants available to help rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Application Deadline: July 13, 2020 via Grants.gov

Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP)
USDA Rural Development program intended to increase significantly the sale and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. Application Deadline: August 13, 2020

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
The Federal Communications Commission provides funding to bring high-speed, fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses that lack access. Application Deadline: October 22, 2020

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Economic Development

Single-Family Housing Grant/Repair Program
USDA Rural Development provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes, or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards. Application Deadline: Open

Mutual Self-Help Housing Program
USDA Rural Development provides grants to organizations that supervise groups of very-low- and low-income individuals and families as they build their own homes. Application Deadline: Open

FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
The Economic Development Administration provides economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs, including construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance and revolving loan fund projects. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Community Economic Development Projects
The Administration for Children and Families Office of Community Services offers grants for Community Development Corporations to support projects that will enhance job creation and business development for low-income individuals. Application Deadline: July 03, 2020

Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities
The U.S. Department of Labor is financing projects to help rural communities align workforce development efforts with economic development plans for the Appalachian region and the Lower Mississippi Delta region. Application Deadline: July 29, 2020

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