Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program
USDA Rural Development is making funding available to build, expand and improve essential community facilities which includes qualified equipment. Access the guidebook for more information. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Connected Care Pilot Program
The Universal Service Administrative Company established a three-year pilot program which will provide funding to help defray eligible health care providers’ costs for nonprofit and public health care providers up to 85 percent of the eligible costs of broadband connectivity, equipment and information services to provide connected care services to a patient population. Application Deadline: Dec. 7, 2020

Community Connect Grant Program
USDA Rural Development provides 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. Fact Sheet. Application Deadline: Dec. 23, 2020

Solid Waste Management Grants
USDA Rural Development program helps to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources by funding organizations to provide technical assistance or training to improve the management of solid waste sites. Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 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. Access recorded webinars for Lenders and Businesses and Producers. Application Deadline: Sept. 15, 2021, or until funds are expended.

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

Economic Development

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program is providing assistance to enhance health care delivery to rural underserved populations. Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2020

Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program
USDA Rural Development program is making grants available to provide technical assistance and/or training to help recipients support rural water or wastewater systems. Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2020

USDA Farm to School Program
The Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems offers grants to assist eligible entities implement farm-to-school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. Application Deadline: Jan. 8, 2021

National Telehealth Resource Center (RTRC) Program 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’ Health Resources and Services Administration offers funding to assist health care organizations, health care networks, and health care providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural areas and populations. Application Deadline: Jan. 21, 2021

Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture program offers support for programs offering community-based outreach education programs that positively impact health and safety. Application Deadline: Apr. 29, 2021