Funding Opportunities for
Community and Economic Development

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program 
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program which provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations to help microenterprises startup/grow through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund and provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs. RMAP FY22 Funding Announcement. Application Deadline: Open

Community Innovations for Racial Equity Initiative
Build Healthy Places Network
Build Healthy Places Network, with funding from The Kresge Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, offer support to programs that address barriers within community development and health partnerships to effectively propel racial equity. Application Deadline: 3/18/2022

AARP Community Challenge
This small grant funds quick-action projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation and civic engagement. Deadline: 3/22/2022

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Application Deadline: 3/31/2022

EDA’s Coal Communities Commitment
U.S. Department of Commerce
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) offers this commitment by allocating funding in their Build Back Better Regional Challenge grants and their Economic Adjustment Assistance grants to support coal communities. Application Deadline: 3/31/2022

Bus and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Program
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
DOT’s Federal Transit Administration offers grants to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing, or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing, or leasing bus-related facilities. Rural area earmarks apply. Application Deadline: 3/31/2022

Rural Health Care Connect Fund and Telecommunications Program
Universal Service Administrative Co.
Both programs support discounts for rural eligible applicants on eligible broadband connectivity expenses. Application Deadlines: 4/1/2022

USDA Local Food Purchase Assistance Program 
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service builds non-competitive cooperative agreements with state and tribal governments and awards money for purchasing food from historically underserved farmers and ranchers. Application Deadline: 4/5/2022

Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service program for the production and marketing of climate-smart commodities. Application Deadlines: 5/6/2022 & 6/10/2022

Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development invests in rural transportation, through the Rural Business Development Grant, to build opportunity for prosperity for organizations seeking to improve passenger services and facilities. Federal Register. Application Deadline: 4/14/2022

Technical Assistance for Remote and Island Communities
U.S. Department of Energy
DOE’s Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project offers assistance to remote and island communities to transform their energy systems and increase energy resilience. Application Deadline: 4/15/2022

Rural Community Development Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development support for qualified intermediaries to improve housing and community facilities, and to implement community and economic development projects in rural areas. Federal Register. Application Deadline: 4/19/2022

Rural Innovation Stronger Economy Grant
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development encourages a regional, innovation-driven approach to economic development by funding job accelerator partnerships in low-income rural communities. Federal Register. Application Deadline: 4/19/2022

Rural Energy Pilot Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development offers this new program to support underserved communities deploy community-scale renewable energy technologies and innovations to reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. Federal Register. Letter of Intent Required by: 4/19/2022 

NEA Challenge America, FY2023
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
NEA offers funding to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Application Deadline: 4/21/2022

Apprenticeship Building America Grant Program
Department of Labor (DOL)
DOL’s Employment and Training Administration moves to strengthen, modernize and expand their programs by funding viable activities that will diversify the industries that utilize their services and increase services to underserved communities. Application Deadline: 4/25/2022

Value-Added Producer Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. Federal Register. Application Deadline: 4/25/2022 on | Paper applications to the State Office by 5/2/2022