Resources

Browse and look for resources that were developed exclusively for a range of rural communities, individual residents, Tribes, Native Americans, and Alaska Natives. You can also find programs listed in the program listings on the Help for Rural Communities section of the website.

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  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY AFFORDABLE HOUSING HOW-TO GUIDE How to Use State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for Affordable Housing Production and Preservation

    To assist recipients in implementing funds for affordable housing, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have prepared this guide, which provides a summary of updated guidance related to SLFRF recipients’ ability to use SLFRF funds to invest in affordable housing. The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program, a part of the American Rescue Plan, delivers $350 billion to state, local, and Tribal governments across the country to support their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipient governments have a once in a generation opportunity to invest these SLFRF dollars to boost the supply of affordable housing. Under the program’s final rule, “Development, repair, and operation of affordable housing and services or programs to increase long-term housing security” is an enumerated eligible use to respond to the negative economic impacts of the pandemic on households and communities.

    Categories
    Disaster Resilience, Housing, Infrastructure
    Type
    Toolkit / Guide
    Agency Provider
    Department of the Treasury
  • Child Care: Joint Resource Guide To strengthen and expand child care facilities in rural communities

    This Joint Resource Guide was developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development (USDA-RD) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Administration for Children and Families (HHS-ACF) Office of Early Childhood Development. The purpose of this guide is to provide useful information to help stakeholders in rural communities – including Tribes and Tribal organizations – address the need for improved access to affordable, high-quality child care and early learning facilities. We encourage you to use the resources in this document to develop meaningful partnerships to bolster early childhood development in your communities. By working together to strengthen child care and early learning infrastructure, you can ensure the success of working families and promote a robust rural economy

    Categories
    Community Development, Economic & Business Development, Employment & Career Development, Family & Children Services, Food & Nutrition, Health Facilities, Health Services, Infrastructure
    Type
    Toolkit / Guide
    Agency Provider
    Department of Agriculture
  • Building Rural Prosperity Annual Report 2022

    Read the 2022 Rural Partners Network Annual Report to learn about the impact RPN is having in rural communities. 

    Categories
    Agriculture & Forestry, Broadband & Telecommunications, Community Development, Disaster Relief, Disaster Resilience, Economic & Business Development, Education, Employment & Career Development, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Family & Children Services, Food & Nutrition, Health Facilities, Health Services, Housing, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Transportation, Utilities- Other, Water & Wastewater Infrastructure
    Type
    Publication
    Agency Provider
    Department of Agriculture
  • Juntos somos más fuertes

    Juntos somos más fuertes Oportunidades de financiación y planificación federales destinadas a promover el desarrollo económico sostenible en el área rural de los Estados Unidos. Hay una amplia gama de recursos federales disponibles para ayudarle a identifcar programas complementarios, pero puede ser desalentador saber por dónde empezar. Juntos, la Administración de Desarrollo Económico (EDA, por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Comercio de EE.UU. y la unidad de Desarrollo Rural del Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU. (USDA RD, por sus siglas en inglés) se complacen en ofrecer esta guía conjunta de recursos para la planifcación, diseñada para ayudarle a eliminar las barreras y fomentar la colaboración entre las partes interesadas.

    Categories
    Community Development, Disaster Resilience, Economic & Business Development, Employment & Career Development, Environment & Natural Resources, Health Facilities, Housing, Infrastructure, Transportation
    Type
    Toolkit / Guide
    Agency Provider
    Department of Agriculture
  • Resource Guide to Boost Economic Development

    Together, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) updated their Stronger Together guide in English and Spanish. The guide was developed to support rural communities build strategies to boost local economic development.  This unique joint resource guide offers programs and services that can be used for economic development and advance job creation. Contacts at each agency are available in the guides

    Categories
    Broadband & Telecommunications, Community Development, Disaster Relief, Disaster Resilience, Economic & Business Development, Employment & Career Development, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Health Facilities, Health Services, Housing, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Transportation
    Type
    Toolkit / Guide
    Agency Provider
    Department of Agriculture
  • Distressed Cities and Persistent Poverty Technical Assistance

    The Distressed Cities and Persistent Poverty Technical Assistance (DCTA) program is designed to improve fiscal health and build capacity of relatively small units of general local government (UGLGs) and their nonprofit partners in places experiencing persistent poverty and economic distress. “Local governments” include villages, towns, tribes, cities, counties, and other small municipalities.

    Needs for TA may stem from multiple factors including, but not limited to, changing market dynamics, economic decline, emigration, and/or natural disasters. TA is primarily focused on financial management but may include governance and management, leadership development, data and research, building partnerships, community engagement, strategic planning, plan implementation, and program evaluation. The guidance provided by TA teams helps recipients build specific knowledge and skills to be more successful in meeting the needs of their communities.

    Categories
    Agriculture & Forestry, Community Development, Disaster Relief, Disaster Resilience, Economic & Business Development, Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Infrastructure, Transportation, Utilities- Other, Water & Wastewater Infrastructure
    Type
    Website
    Agency Provider
    Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Thriving Communities Technical Assistance

    The Thriving Communities Technical Assistance (TCTA) program, funded in FY 2022 with $5 million, is designed to support coordination and integration of transportation and housing in infrastructure planning and implementation. Jurisdictions can leverage these infrastructure investments to revitalize communities, ensure equitable access to resources, create economic opportunities for residents and businesses, and improve housing availability, affordability, and quality. 

    Categories
    Community Development, Economic & Business Development, Education, Employment & Career Development, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Infrastructure, Transportation, Utilities- Other, Water & Wastewater Infrastructure
    Type
    Website
    Agency Provider
    Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • HUD's Rural Gateway

    The Rural Gateway is an information clearinghouse providing technical assistance, training workshops, and peer learning and resource sharing to support rural housing and economic development.

    Categories
    Community Development, Economic & Business Development, Education, Housing
    Type
    Website
    Agency Provider
    Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Resilient Transportation and Mobility Solutions Guide

    This Climate Resilience Implementation Guide provides step-by-step instructions to assist communities in implementing mobility improvements to decarbonize their transportation systems, build resilience, and adapt to the impacts of natural hazards. Grantees are encouraged to use this guide for suggestions on how to effectively use Community Planning and Development (CPD)-funded programs and other resources to design and implement such solutions.

    Categories
    Community Development, Disaster Resilience, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Transportation
    Type
    Toolkit / Guide
    Agency Provider
    Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Programs for Beginning, Limited Resource, Veteran, Socially Disadvantaged, and Tribal and Indigenous Farmers and Ranchers

    Historically underserved farmers and ranchers represent a diverse share of all U.S. agricultural producers.1 This includes socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers (SDFRs), who are producers belonging to a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender discrimination, including tribal and Indigenous agricultural producers. At the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), historically underserved producers also include beginning farmers or ranchers (BFRs), veteran farmers or ranchers (VFRs), and limited resource farmers and ranchers (LRFRs). Although these producer groups are eligible for USDA programs available to all U.S. farmers and ranchers, recent legislation and omnibus farm bills have provided targeted support for these groups. This report provides a list of authorized programs and provisions that reference these selected agricultural producers.

    Categories
    Agriculture & Forestry, Community Development, Economic & Business Development, Employment & Career Development, Environment & Natural Resources, Food & Nutrition
    Type
    Publication
    Agency Provider
    Department of Agriculture