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Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Technical Assistance and Training for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions Grant Pilot Program
USDA Rural Development grant to help develop innovative treatment solutions of regional wastewater systems in rural America. Application Deadline: November 4, 2020

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.

Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers funding for programs to accelerate investment in critical water infrastructure through long-term, low cost, supplemental credit assistance under customized terms to credit-worthy water and wastewater projects of national and regional significance. Letter of Interest: October 15, 2020

Community Connect Broadband Grant Program
USDA Rural Development program to provide financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide service at or above the Broadband Grant Speed to all premises in rural, economically-challenged communities where broadband service does not exist. Application Deadline: December 23, 2020

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Products Manufacturing Assistance Program
USDA Rural Development provides loan guarantees up to $250 million to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies. These technologies are: advanced biofuelsrenewable chemicals and biobased products. Application Deadlines: April 1, 2021

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

Economic Development

Cooperative Leadership Fund – Ralph K. Morris Foundation
The Ralph K. Morris Foundation Cooperative Leadership Fund provides financial support to help cover costs associated with training, professional development and educational programs for rural young leaders interested in the future of cooperatives and rural communities. Application Deadline: Rolling

Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
USDA Rural Development offers this program to expand the production of advanced biofuel by providing payments to eligible producers. Examples of advanced biofuel include biodiesel, ethanol (other than corn kernel), electricity and biogas produced from anaerobic digesters, and solid fuels. Application Deadline: October 31, 2020

Rural Healthcare Grant Program
U.S. Department of Labor program offers funding to address rural healthcare workforce shortages by investing in successful, employer-driven, training models and community partnerships which establish sustainable programs to help employers find skilled workers more readily. Application Deadline: November 13, 2020

Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant Opportunities Now Open
The Institute of Museum and Library Services offer six grant opportunities for Museums in rural communities. Application Deadlines: November 16, 2020

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program
Department of Health and Human Services program to promote rural health care services to enhance health care delivery to rural underserved populations. Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

The Cooperative Education Fund
Cooperative Development Foundation offers grants to support cooperative research, sponsors cooperative education events and scholarships and develops cooperative education materials and programs. Application Deadline: Yearly by May 1 and Oct 1



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