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Grants for Rural Communities Address Community Development, Services for Disabled Citizens

Monday June 12th, 2017

Townships in rural areas may apply for grants under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI), a program from the USDA Rural Development’s Rural Housing Service. To be eligible, townships must act as intermediaries to the actual funding recipients and provide matching funds that at least equal the federal grant.

The grants are intended to help recipients such as private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities, and Native American tribes undertake projects involving housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas. The program requires the intermediary, or grantee, to provide a program of financial and technical assistance to the recipient, which will, in turn, provide programs to their community.

For complete details, click here. Applications must be received by July 25, 2017. For information on electronic submissions, go to

Interested applicants are urged to contact Pennsylvania’s RCDI officer, Shaun Stehr, for assistance at (717) 237-2281.

Two additional grant opportunities for rural communities come from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.

Rural Responsive Resources grants are designed to ensure that information, training, experts, and services are readily and routinely available for disabled residents in rural areas. The deadline for proposals is July 27. A prepoposal online conference will be held June 29 at 2 p.m. Click here to register.

Volunteer Rural Transportation Cooperatives grants are intended to help communities create cooperatives to make transportation available to disabled residents through an Uber-like social media program. Possible solutions include using provider-owned vehicles that are not used to their capacity or using vans and buses that sit idly through the week at churches and other facilities. The deadline for proposals is July 12. A preproposal online conference will be held June 20 at 10:30 a.m. Click here to register.

For the complete RFP on these grant opportunities, go to Townships may also subscribe to the Council’s mailing list to receive updates about funding opportunities.