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Rural Community Development Initiative

Number: 10.446
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Rural Housing Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
10.446 Rural Community Development Initiative
Federal Agency (030):
Rural Housing Service, Department of Agriculture
Authorization (040):
Objectives (050):
To develop the capacity and ability of private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, and low income rural communities to improve housing, community facilities, community and economic development projects in rural areas.
Types of Assistance (060):
Project Grants
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Rural Community Development Initiative grants may be used for but are not limited to (a) training sub-grantees to conduct a program on home-ownership education; (b) training sub- grantees to conduct a program for minority business entrepreneurs; (c) providing technical assistance to sub-grantees on how to effectively prepare a strategic plan; (d) provide technical assistance to sub- grantees on how to access alternative funding sources; (e) building organizational capacity through board training; (f) developing training tools, such as videos, workbooks, and reference guides to be used by the sub-grantee; (g) providing technical assistance and training on how to develop successful child care facilities; and (h) providing training on effective fundraising techniques.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Rural Community Development Initiative grants may be made to a legally qualified private or public (including tribal) organization that provides technical assistance to nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, and low income rural communities. The grantee must provide a program of technical assistance to the recipient entity. The grantee must have been legally organized for a minimum of three years prior experience working with nonprofit organizations or low-income rural communities in the areas of housing, community facilities, or community and economic development. Assistance is authorized for eligible applicants in rural areas of the States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palaw, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Recipient entities must be legally organized private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, low income rural communities, and Federally recognized Indian Tribes.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Have the legal, financial, administrative, and operational capacity relative to the activity for which assistance is requested. Have necessary background and experience with proven ability to perform responsibly in the areas of housing, community facilities, or community and economic development. Have the ability to work within established guidelines. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Application procedures will be announced in the Federal Register and on the web site.
Award Procedure (093):
Award is made by the Administrator, Housing and Community Facilities Programs.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
As required, 90 days to 120 days.
Appeals (096):
If an application is rejected, the reasons for rejection are fully stated. The applicant may request a review of the decision from the National Appeals Division, USDA.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: The grantee must provide matching funds at least equal to the amount of the grant in the form of cash or committed funding. (No in-kind contributions).
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Proposals must be structured to utilize the Rural Community Development Initiative grant funds within 3 years from the execution of the Rural Community Development Initiative grant agreement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Applications received in accordance with the Federal Register Notice of Funding Availability are evaluated and the highest scoring applicants are awarded grants subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Contact regional office or headquarters as appropriate for additional information.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. Grantee submits report detailing expenditures and progress as required by the grant agreement. The grantee will perform self-evaluations by preparing quarterly financial and project performance reports in accordance with the grant agreement for RCDI.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
The borrower must maintain adequate records and accounts related to the technical assistance performed.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $6,800,000; FY 14 est $5,960,000; and FY 15 est $5,967,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
FY 2013 $50,000 to $152,000. Average $139,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Not Applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Administrative Regulations 7 CFR 3015, 7 CFR 3016, 7 CFR 3019, 7 CFR 3052; H.R. 5426 Guidelines announced in NOFA, published in the Federal Register.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Consult your local telephone directory for Rural Development State Office numbers. If no listing, contact the appropriate Rural Development State Office found on the internet at
Headquarters Office (152):
Rural Housing Service, Community Programs Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Stop 0788
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20250-0788 Email: Phone: (202) 720-1490 Fax: (202) 690-0471
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Applications that are received are competitively scored and the highest scoring are awarded grants until appropriated funds are exhausted. Factors considered for project selection include but are not limited to median household income, rural population, and points for evaluation criteria published in the notice of funding availability (NOFA).