U.S. Department of Agriculture Resources

Funding

Funding to address substance use disorders (SUDs) and related issues. List may include programs with a primary purpose other than addressing SUDs.

USDA Community Connect Grant Program

Awards grants for the deployment of broadband in rural communities where private sector internet service providers are unable to develop the infrastructure to provide broadband service due to economic and cost challenges. Supports efforts to achieve e-connectivity to foster economic development and employment, and improve educational and healthcare opportunities in eligible areas.

Application Deadline: Dec 23, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG)

Offers grants and zero-interest loans to local utility organizations who provide funding options for local businesses. Supports economic development in rural areas by funding projects designed to create or preserve job opportunities.

Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)

Grants funds to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Implements research, education, and extension initiatives that prepare K-14 students, which includes students in two-year post-secondary programs, to enter STEM fields in higher education institutions. Aims to develop a qualified workforce in the areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences and improve economic opportunity in rural communities.

Application Deadline: Jan 21, 2021
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE)

Helps land-grant colleges and universities create community-based outreach and extension services to improve health and wellness in rural areas by offering reliable health, wellness, and prevention information to the public.

Application Deadline: Apr 29, 2021
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Multi-Family Housing Loan Guarantees

Seeks to increase the amount of affordable rental housing available in rural areas to individuals and families with low and moderate income. Offers loan guarantees to qualified private-sector lenders who provide financing to borrowers for the construction, acquisition, and improvement of multi-family rental housing units. Funds may also be used to purchase or improve land and to provide necessary infrastructure.

Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2021
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loan Program

Provides loan funds to farmers and ranchers who are in their first 10 years of operation to assist them in establishing prosperous and competitive farms and ranches. Helps new farmers and ranchers finance normal operating expenses, purchase land and capital, access new markets and marketing opportunities, diversify operations, pay family living expenses, and more. Funding can be accessed through one of the following four USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) loan programs: Farm Operating Loans, Farm Ownership Loans, Guaranteed Farm Loans, and Microloans Programs.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Business and Industry Loan Guarantees

Offers programs to guarantee loans to rural businesses to increase access to business capital and improve rural economies. Allows commercial lenders to offer affordable financing to rural businesses to support business operations and create or preserve employment opportunities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program

Provides grants and direct loans to assist rural areas with the development of essential community facilities, including purchasing equipment, paying for related project costs, and purchasing, improving, or constructing essential community facilities. Examples of essential community facilities include healthcare facilities, public facilities, community support services, public safety services, educational services, utility services, and local food systems.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Economic Impact Initiative Grants

Offers grants to assist rural areas facing extreme unemployment and economic decline with the development of essential community facilities, including purchasing, constructing, and improving eligible facilities. Aims to promote public safety, lower taxes, and increase economic and community development by helping manufacturers and other businesses build or grow their operations in rural communities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Grants for Rural and Native Alaskan Villages

Aims to provide households and businesses in rural communities or native villages in Alaska with clean, reliable drinking water and waste disposal systems. Provides funds to remove sanitation barriers to improve the health and hygiene of residents in remote and isolated areas of Alaska.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Intermediary Relending Program

Seeks to improve economic development, create employment opportunities, and reduce poverty in rural areas, especially disadvantaged and isolated communities. Offers 1% low-interest loans to local lenders known as intermediaries, that then re-lend funds to businesses in rural communities to foster community development.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Microloan Programs

Offers microloans focused on the credit needs of small and beginning, niche and non-traditional farm operations, including truck farms, hydroponic, aquaponic, and organic producers, as well as direct marketing and sales through farmer's markets, community-supported agriculture, restaurants, and grocery stores. Loans may be used to make a down payment on a farm; build, repair, or improve farm buildings and facilities; purchase livestock, seed, and fertilizer; pay land rents, utilities, family living expenses, and other costs essential to starting and maintaining successful farm operations.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Minority and Women Farmers and Ranchers Loan Program

Provides loan funds to historically underserved farmers and ranchers through all of the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) loan programs. Funds from each loan program are set aside to specifically target farmers and ranchers who are women, African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Eligible FSA loan programs include Guaranteed Farm Loans, Farm Operating Loans, Farm Ownership Loans, Microloan Programs, and Youth Loans.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Multi-Family Housing Direct Loans

Provides direct, competitive loans to support the construction, improvement, and purchase of multi-family rental housing in rural areas for families with low income, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Helps applicants gain access to financing on terms that will allow them to set rents at an affordable rate for tenants with low income. Funds may also be used to purchase or improve land and to provide necessary infrastructure for multi-family housing.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance Grants

Supports local self-help housing construction projects in rural areas. Funds organizations that will recruit, supervise, and provide technical assistance to groups of individuals and families with low-income to enable them to construct their own homes. Aims to make homeownership possible for people living in substandard housing or who otherwise would not qualify as homeowners.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities

Provides funding to schools and local educational agencies participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to purchase equipment necessary to operate school food programs. Helps schools obtain equipment of $1,000 or more that will enable them to serve healthier meals and improve food safety for students. Funds may also be used to establish, maintain, or expand a school breakfast program.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Farm Bill Broadband Program)

Provides loans and loan guarantees to build, improve, or acquire the facilities and equipment necessary to deliver services at the broadband lending speed to eligible rural areas. Supports projects that improve rural economies and the quality of life in rural communities. Seeks to fund projects related to technological innovation, e-connectivity, and the rural workforce.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG)

Offers funding to support technical assistance and training for rural businesses that have fewer than 50 new workers and generate a gross revenue less than $1,000,000. Funds can also be used on projects to support and benefit rural businesses as specified in the grant application. Supports the expansion of rural businesses through economic development, planning, and other related activities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Rural Business Investment Program

Provides licenses to newly formed, for-profit entities to operate as a Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC). RBICs make equity capital investments in small, rural enterprises that may otherwise have difficulty accessing venture capital. Seeks to develop economies, create wealth, and increase job opportunities for people living in rural communities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program

Provides microenterprise development organizations (MDOs) with loans and grants to help establish and expand microenterprises through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund. Helps microloan borrowers and microentrepreneurs receive training and technical assistance.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans

Offers loans to help rural individuals and families with low income to purchase, build, repair, renovate, or relocate a home. Makes owning a home more affordable by providing applicants with a payment assistance subsidy to reduce their mortgage payment for a short time. Aims to increase access to safe, clean, affordable homes for people in rural areas who do not currently own adequate housing.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program

Provides loan guarantees to approved lenders for loans to households with low or moderate income seeking to purchase, build, repair, renovate, or relocate a home in rural areas. Assists applicants who are unable to secure credit from other sources in obtaining safe, clean, modest, affordable homes.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Strategic Economic and Community Development

Supports regional economic development plans for rural areas by providing additional financial assistance to multi-jurisdictional projects implemented through one of four USDA Rural Development programs. Funding is intended to help projects overcome multi-jurisdictional challenges and leverage federal, state, local, and private resources in order to have a greater, regional impact on the economic conditions and quality of life in rural communities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees

Aims to improve rural communications and economic development by providing loans and technical assistance to build, improve, and further develop telecommunication services in rural communities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Tribal College Initiative Grants

Offers grants to tribal colleges and universities to purchase equipment and improve infrastructure for educational facilities, and develop essential community facilities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program

Supports the expansion and improvement of water and waste treatment facilities in financially distressed rural communities. Helps communities provide clean reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to rural households and businesses. Aims to keep user costs for rural residents at a reasonable level.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant Inactive

Provides technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas, whose members have experienced racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity. Funds cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers that offer various types of technical assistance, including feasibility studies, business plans, strategic planning, and leadership training, among others.

Application Deadline: Aug 10, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants (Traditional DLT) Inactive

Funds telecommunication projects that support distance learning and telemedicine services to increase access to education, training, and healthcare resources for students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. Emphasizes telecommunication projects that help rural communities foster economic and community development. Works to reduce substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid misuse, in high-risk rural communities through education, treatment, and counseling programs and services.

Application Deadline: Jul 13, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) Inactive

Provides funding to establish regional networks that connect individuals in farming, ranching, and other agricultural occupations to stress assistance programs. Strengthens coping skills and helps improve the quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and their families through programs that provide professional behavioral health counseling, outreach, information, resources, and referrals.

Application Deadline: Jun 23, 2020
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Revolving Funds for Financing Water and Wastewater Projects Inactive

Creates revolving loan funds to provide financing to local utility districts for the purpose of extending and improving water and waste disposal systems for households and businesses in rural areas. Loans received from the fund help to pay for pre-development costs of water and wastewater treatment projects and for small, short-term capital improvement projects.

Application Deadline: Jun 12, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP) Inactive

Provides funding to enhance or expand existing farm to school initiatives and other food and agriculture experiential learning initiatives, especially in underserved areas. Seeks to improve food quality and children's nutrition and promote knowledge of agriculture by engaging schools directly with local and regional agricultural producers and other parts of the food system.

Application Deadline: Jun 4, 2020
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Farmers Market Promotion Program Inactive

Increases communities' access to locally and regionally produced food and agricultural products by developing, coordinating, and expanding direct producer-to-consumer operations and activities, such as domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, agritourism activities, online sales, or other market opportunities. Builds organizational capacity and provides outreach, training, and technical assistance in order to help producers achieve a greater impact on local and regional food systems.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) Inactive

Develops, coordinates, and expands local and regional food business enterprises that function as intermediaries for indirect producer-to-consumer marketing with the goal of making local and regional agricultural products more available and accessible to communities. Supports both planning and implementation activities to establish, improve, or expand local or regional food businesses. Assists businesses through feasibility studies, market research, training, and technical assistance to strengthen food system infrastructure and increase sales of locally and regionally produced agricultural products.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) Inactive

Promotes partnerships able to connect and utilize public and private resources to strengthen regional food systems. Supports planning and implementation efforts to address unnecessary administrative and technical barriers for producers, food businesses, and other stakeholders in the food system with the goal of creating local and regional food economies that are more viable and resilient.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
Rural Community Development Initiative Grants (RCDI) Inactive

Provides funding to intermediary organizations that deliver financial and technical assistance to recipients to help meet the needs of their communities in eligible rural areas. Recipients use funds for projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects in rural communities.

Application Deadline: May 13, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Inactive

Provides technical assistance and training to community facilities programs to help rural areas meet their needs for community facilities, including schools, hospitals, public facilities, community support services, public safety services, and other essential facilities. Supports communities in identifying and planning for community facility needs, accessing sources of funding, and improving the operation and financial management of facilities.

Application Deadline: Apr 30, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects Inactive

Offers funding to land-grant colleges and universities to enhance the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for children, youth, and families. Seeks to provide programming and skills to meet their basic needs so they can lead positive, productive, and contributing lives. Aims to assemble resources from land-grant institutions and the Cooperative Extension Systems to provide at-risk individuals with educational programming.

Application Deadline: Apr 22, 2019
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Opioid Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants (Opioid DLT) Inactive

Funds telecommunication projects that support distance learning and telemedicine services to increase access to education, training, and healthcare resources for students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. Emphasizes telecommunication projects that address the opioid crisis to increase local capacity in opioid use prevention, treatment, and recovery by funding activities such as harm reduction strategies, overdose prevention, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and peer recovery services.

Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2019
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)

Information

Community Assessment Tool: Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States

Interactive map that provides state and county-level data showing the rates of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. Allows users to create maps illustrating connections between overdose deaths and social/economic demographic characteristics, including race/ethnicity, age, education, disability status, household income, poverty rates, unemployment rates and more.

Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service

Provides information on programs and funding available to assist with growing a business, community economic development, cooperative programs, and job training in rural areas. Focuses on investments that encourage economic development and improve the the quality of life for rural residents.

Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
USDA Rural Housing Service

Provides information on programs, loans, grants, and loan guarantees to build or improve single- and multi-family housing and essential community facilities in rural areas. Focuses on investments that encourage economic development and improve the the quality of life for rural residents. Examples of essential community facilities include child care and community centers; facilities for fire and police; hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes; schools and libraries; and vehicles and equipment for first responders.

Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
USDA Rural Utilities Service

Provides information on programs and funding to build or improve infrastructure in rural communities. Focuses on investments that encourage economic development and improve the the quality of life for rural residents. Examples of infrastructure include water and waste treatment, electric power, and telecommunications services.

Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)