Funding Opportunities

USDA Supports Homeownership and Rental Assistance 

Single Family Housing Programs
USDA Rural Development (RD) works with individuals, lenders and community partners to open the door to homeownership for rural Americans. 

Multifamily Housing Programs
Multifamily Housing assists rural property owners through loans, loan guarantees, and grants that enable owners to develop and rehabilitate properties for low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals and families as well as domestic farm laborers.

Programs for Individuals and Lenders: All are OPEN for applications!

For Non-Profits, Municipalities, and Federally Recognized Tribes

RD is hosting events across the nation to showcase affordable housing programs for lenders, community partners, families and individuals. Contact your Rural Development State Office to learn more about our USDA homeownership programs!

Rural Infrastructure Opportunities

Multifamily Housing (MFH) Loan Guarantees
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development Loan guarantees for qualified private-sector lenders to provide financing to qualified borrowers with the intent of increasing the supply of affordable rental housing for low to moderate income individuals and families in eligible rural areas and towns. Application Deadline: Open

Off-Farm MFH Labor Housing Direct Loans and Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers low interest loans and need-based grants to develop affordable housing primarily for domestic farm laborers. All RD Multifamily Housing Programs and Contacts. Letter of Intent: 7/15/2022

NTIA Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program
U.S. Department of Commerce
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) program to expand middle mile infrastructure and reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas. Application Deadline: 7/30/2022

USDA Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program to support new investments in infrastructure for food aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution to increase capacity and create a more resilient, diverse, and secure U.S. food supply chain. Application Deadline: Open

Emergency Rural Health Care Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development Track One: Recovery Grants provide immediate relief to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency. Application Deadline: Until funds are exhausted

Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD loan program that provides Community Development Block Grant recipients with the ability to leverage their annual grant allocation to access low-cost, flexible financing for economic development, housing, and infrastructure projects. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Southeast Rural Community Assistance Loan Fund Program
Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project Inc.
Community development loans for the development and/or construction of large-scale community projects. Geographic coverage: North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and South Carolina. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Community and Economic Development Opportunities

Affordable Housing Loans for Low-Income Rural Communities
Housing Assistance Council (HAC)
HAC offers short-term loans at below market interest rates to local nonprofits, for-profits and government entities that are working to develop affordable housing for low-income, rural communities. Application Deadline: Open

U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Energy 
Program to reduce energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety. Application Deadline: Open

HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Community Selection
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD will select at least eight rural communities as part of the agency’s Continuum of Care program for ending youth homelessness. Application Deadline: 6/28/2022

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. Funding Announcement. Application Deadline: 6/30/2022

NEA Grants for Arts Projects
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Through project-based funding, this program supports public engagement with art for projects covering the creation of art, learning in the arts and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Application Deadline: 7/7/2022

Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities: A Grant Initiative for the Appalachian and Delta Regions
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Employment and Training Administration offers funding to create economic mobility, address historic inequities and produce high-quality employment for workers who reside in the Appalachian and Delta regions. Application Deadline: 7/8/2022

Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator Program
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD grants to fund service coordinators to assist residents of public and Indian housing in making progress towards economic self-sufficiency, including the provision of job training, employment, adult education, housing, and health resources. Application Deadline: 7/18/2022

Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program Grant
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development grant program for intermediaries to use funding to establish revolving loan funds to finance a variety of activities related to meat and poultry processing. Rural Development press release. Program Website. Funding Deadline: 7/25/2022.

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD program for public housing agencies, governments, tribal entities and nonprofits that support the development of comprehensive plans to revitalize severely distressed public housing and/or HUD-assisted housing and the surrounding neighborhood. Application Deadline: 7/28/2022

OUR TOWN
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
NEA’s creative placemaking grant program offers project-based funding to support activities that integrate arts, culture and design into local efforts that strengthen communities. Application Deadline: 8/22/2022