Economic Impact Initiative Grants

USDA: Rural Development (RD)

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Rural Development Rural Health Care Telemedicine & Telehealth

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Capital Project

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States


What does this program do?

This program provides funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.

An essential community facility is one that provides an essential service to the local community, is needed for the orderly development of the community, serves a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

How may funds be used?

To construct, enlarge or improve community facilities for health care, public safety and public service. Grants may be made in combination with other financial assistance such as a Community Facilities direct or guaranteed loan, applicant contribution or funding from other sources. Examples of essential community facilities include:

  • Health Care: hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities
  • Public Facilities: city/town/village halls, courthouses, airport hangers, street improvements
  • Community Support Services: child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds, transitional housing
  • Public Safety: fire halls, police stations, prisons, jails, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles and equipment
  • Educational: museums, libraries, private schools
  • Utility: telemedicine, distance learning
  • Local Food Systems: community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs, greenhouses, kitchen appliances
  • For a complete list, see Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3570.7
What kind of funding is available?
  • Grants up to 75% of eligible project cost based on need and funding availability
  • Applicant must be eligible for grant assistance, which is determined by the population and median household income of the service area
  • Grant funds must be available

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Who may apply for this program?
    • Public bodies
    • Non-profits
    • Federally-recognized Tribes
  • What is an eligible area?
    • Rural areas including; cities, villages, townships, towns and federally-recognized Tribal Lands, with no more than 20,000 residents that have a “Not Employed Rate” greater than 19.5%
    • The median household income of a community being served must be below 90% of the state non-metropolitan median household income for grant eligibility
    • Grant assistance is based on a graduated scale determined by population, median household income, total project costs and financial need
  • Applicants must be unable to finance the project from their own resources and/or through commercial credit at reasonable rates and terms.
  • Facilities must serve the rural area where they are/will be located.
  • Projects must demonstrate substantial community support
  • Environmental review must be completed and determined to be acceptable


  • Priorities are given to projects related to public health and safety, energy efficiency and education.

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This page was last reviewed May 17, 2023 and last updated May 16, 2023