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Over $6.2 million for rural community development

USDA Rural Development State Director Ruth Tackett this week announced the availability of more than $6.2 million in grant funds through the Rural Community Development Initiative Program (RCDI)...
Rural Development State Director Ruth Tackett this week announced the availability of more than $6.2 million in grant funds through the Rural Community Development Initiative Program (RCDI).

The RCDI program provides qualified organizations with funding to develop the capacity of community-based non-profits and local governments to undertake housing, community facilities, and economic development projects in rural areas.

The $6,286,500 in RCDI grant funds are available to intermediary organizations and have a dollar for dollar matching fund requirement, intended to double the impact of the grants.  Qualified organizations can be public or private (including tribal organizations) that have been legally organized for at least three years and have experience working with eligible recipients. Recipients of the funds from the intermediary can be non-profit organizations, low-income communities, or federally-recognized tribes.

More information and assistance in completing the application process is available from USDA Rural Development area offices. The deadline for completed applications to be in Washington, D.C., is Oct. 10, at 4:00 PM EST. Late applications will not be considered for funding. Details about the program are available in the July 12th, 2006 edition of the Federal Register or by going to: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rhs/rcdi/.

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