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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  • Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) Stakeholder Toolkit

    The Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) Stakeholder Toolkit includes resources to help organizations amplify funding available through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 LAMP grants. LAMP encompasses the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), Regional Food System Partnerships Program (RFSP), and Value-Added Producer Grants Program (VAPG). The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers FMPP, LFPP, and RFSP. VAPG is administered through USDA Rural Development (RD). The Stakeholder Toolkit focuses only on funding available through USDA AMS for FMPP, LFPP, and RFSP. All information provided is available for public use.  

    Categories
    Agriculture & Forestry, Community Development, Economic & Business Development, Employment & Career Development, Food & Nutrition, Health Facilities, Infrastructure
    Type
    Publication
    Agency Provider
    Department of Agriculture
  • Rural Grant Applicant Toolkit for Competitive Federal Transportation Funding

    The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) developed the Rural Grant Applicant Toolkit for Competitive Federal Transportation Funding to guide potential applicants in identifying and navigating these discretionary opportunities for rural transportation projects. 

    Although the focus of the Grant Applicant Toolkit is rural transportation projects, many of the grant funding resources contained throughout also apply more broadly to other types of transportation projects.

    The Grant Applicant Toolkit is designed for all levels of grant applicant experience. It illustrates key applicant activities for the discretionary grants process, covers USDOT and non-USDOT grant programs, and provides resources to maximize the potential for award success.

    Categories
    Community Development, Economic & Business Development, Education, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Transportation
    Type
    Website
    Agency Provider
    Department of Transportation
  • Get Started Guide-Coal and Power Plant Impacted Communities and Economic Revitalization

    This is a step-by-step guide intended to help communities and workers start the process of planning or responding to economic and social changes resulting from the energy transition or any major economic shift. It is a planning and action tool for community leaders, volunteers, and change agents. It’s also a guide to help communities and other eligible entities access federal funds to address economic resiliency.

    Categories
    Community Development, Economic & Business Development, Education, Employment & Career Development, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Utilities- Other
    Type
    Website
    Agency Provider
    Department of Energy
  • Joint Planning Guide-Federal funding and planning strategies

    Strategic economic development revitalizes communities. Approached holistically, it attracts investments, builds wealth, and promotes sustainability. As a foundational first step, planning is crucial to successful economic development. It encourages us to leverage resources, build partnerships, advance the principles of equity, and strengthen systems to address global threats like climate change. By sequencing – or “stacking” – funding opportunities, you can effectively meet your community’s economic development goals. There is a wide range of federal resources available to help you identify complementary programs, but it can be daunting to know where to begin. Together, the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD) are pleased to offer this joint planning resource guide, designed to help you eliminate barriers and encourage collaboration among your stakeholders.

    Categories
    Community Development, Economic & Business Development, Education, Employment & Career Development, Infrastructure
    Type
    Toolkit / Guide
    Agency Provider
    Department of Agriculture
  • Charging Forward: A Toolkit for Planning and Funding Rural Electric Mobility Infrastructure

    This toolkit is meant to be a one-stop resource to help rural communities scope, plan, and identify ways to fund EV-charging infrastructure. A rural organization or individual—such as a property owner, business, town, Tribe, or planning or transit agency—can use the toolkit to identify key partners for a project, take advantage of relevant planning tools, and identify available funding or financing to help make that project a reality. 

    Categories
    Community Development, Economic & Business Development, Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Transportation
    Type
    Toolkit / Guide
    Agency Provider
    Department of Transportation
  • Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Resources A Guide for Rural Communities

    USDA Rural Development (RD) developed this guide as a resource for rural communities seeking disaster resiliency and recovery assistance. USDA RD offers programs and servicing options that can help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by disaster, and support long-term planning and recovery efforts that build for the future

    Categories
    Agriculture & Forestry, Community Development, Disaster Relief, Disaster Resilience, Economic & Business Development, Education, Employment & Career Development, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Transportation, Utilities- Other, Water & Wastewater Infrastructure
    Type
    Toolkit / Guide
    Agency Provider
    Department of Agriculture
  • Resources for Rural Entrepreneurs A Guide to Planning, Adapting, and Growing Your Business

    USDA Rural Development (RD) is pleased to offer this multimedia guide to help rural entrepreneurs. In collaboration with our robust network of federal partners, this guide provides resources both for start-ups, and alreadyestablished rural businesses. RD offers more than 40 loan, grant, and technical assistance programs to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Many of these programs can also support community-based entrepreneurial planning and growth. We partner closely with community leaders and developers, local, state, and Tribal governments, cooperatives, nonprofits, private organizations, and a nationwide network of participating lenders skilled at building local economies.

    Categories
    Community Development, Economic & Business Development, Employment & Career Development, Infrastructure
    Type
    Toolkit / Guide
    Agency Provider
    Department of Agriculture
  • Broadband Resources for Rural America

    USDA offers more than 20 programs to fund planning, construction, and research for rural broadband activities. More information can be found at usda.gov/broadband.

    Categories
    Broadband & Telecommunications, Community Development, Economic & Business Development, Education, Employment & Career Development, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Utilities- Other
    Type
    Toolkit / Guide
    Agency Provider
    Department of Agriculture
  • Recreation Economy at USDA- Economic Development Resources for Rural Communities

    USDA’s Forest Service (FS), Rural Development (RD), and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have developed this resource guide for rural communities to identify resources that develop the recreation economy.

    Growing and maintaining a healthy recreation sector that benefits residents over the long term requires balancing natural resource management, conservation efforts, infrastructure investment, business development and many other factors. It also requires active stakeholder engagement, a robust understanding of potential challenges and opportunities, collaboration among various levels of government and landowners and a strong plan for the region’s future. 

    Categories
    Agriculture & Forestry, Community Development, Economic & Business Development, Education, Employment & Career Development, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Health Services, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Transportation
    Type
    Toolkit / Guide
    Agency Provider
    Department of Agriculture
  • USDA Rural Development All Programs Website

    This website provides a listing of all of the USDA Rural Development programs.  You can search by State, program area and by keywords.

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