Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Business and Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program
USDA is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA B&I CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Webinar for Lenders and Webinar for Businesses and Producers. Application Deadline: September 15, 2021, or until funds are expended.

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

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities and Flood Mitigation Assistance
FEMA’s two mitigation grant programs provide states, local communities, tribes and territories funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness by reducing disaster losses and protecting life and property from future disaster damages. Application Deadline: January 29, 2021

Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program
USDA Rural Development 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. Application Deadline: Ongoing

FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs The Economic Development Administration is providing resources to economically distressed communities and regions to help finance construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources Related to Rural Infrastructure:

Economic Development

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
The Environmental Protection Agency offers workforce grants and encourages applicants to develop their brownfield cleanup curricula to be based on local labor market assessments and employers’ hiring needs while delivering comprehensive training that results in graduates securing multiple certifications to enter the workforce. Application Deadline: September 22, 2020

The Cooperative Education Fund
The Cooperative Development Foundation offers support for cooperative development with educational resources, sponsors research, and educational programs to strengthen and expand cooperatively owned businesses. Application Deadline: October 1, 2020

HRSA Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children
The Health Resources and Services Administration will fund innovative, community-based initiatives to improve the health status of infants, children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities. Application Deadline: October 6, 2020

The Rural Tech Project
U.S. Department of Education offers funding and a challenge to advance high-quality technology instruction in rural communities specific to supporting high schools and local educational agencies to develop competency-based distance learning programs. Application Deadline: October 8, 2020

Strengthening Community Colleges
U.S. Department of Labor program designed to build capacity in community colleges by collaborating with employers and the public workforce to meet labor market demands by increasing capacity, developing skills and mitigating challenges associated with the COVID-19 that necessitate social distancing practices and expanding online learning. Application Deadline: October 8, 2020

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources to Support Rural Economic Development: