Rural Community Development Initiative


Under the RCDI program, the Rural Housing Service awards grants to qualified intermediary organizations. Grantees subgrant the funds to provide training and technical assistance to help nonprofit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

Training recipients to conduct:

  • home ownership education
  • minority business entrepreneur education

Providing technical assistance to recipients on:

  • strategic plan development
  • accessing alternative funding sources
  • board training
  • developing successful child care facilities
  • creating training tools, such as videos, workbooks and reference guides
  • effective fundraising techniques

Local governments, tribes, nonprofits, qualified private (for-profit) organizations

Role In Creative Placemaking

A qualified intermediary could use these funds to build capacity and resiliency of local entrepreneurs, contributing to system building for a creative economy.




Virginia Department of Housing and Community DevelopmentĀ used a $200,000 RCDI grant to help the Growth Alliance launch a regional community development initiative. The project focused on capitalizing on unique assets such as historic downtowns, natural beauty, outdoor recreation, arts and culture, and history.

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.