Opportunity number
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Department of Agriculture Utilities Program
Due date
July 26, 2021
Broadband Economic Development Environment Information Technologies Infrastructure Innovation Workforce Development
Project funding
Up to $250,000
Program funding
Funding size
Below $1M

Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge Cooperative Agreement

RFP Summary provided by the agency

The Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge is a technical assistance and planning process for qualified entities to support rural community leaders to create places where people want to live, work, and play. This initiative is to provide planning support, technical assistance, and training to communities to foster placemaking activities in rural communities. Funds can help enhance capacity for broadband access, preserve cultural and historic structures, and support the development of transportation, housing, and recreational spaces. Applicants must demonstrate existing and proposed partnerships with public, private, philanthropic, and community partners to provide assistance. This funding announcement supports the delivery of technical assistance and training in visioning, planning, and assisting communities to implement placemaking efforts in rural communities under the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC).

What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?

Broadband, Social, Economic,

How do you submit to this opportunity?

Apply on grants.gov

Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?

  • Special district governments
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Small businesses
  • City or township governments
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • State governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Private institutions of higher education

Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

McClure Engineering Company is using a $215,000 grant to develop a plan to support housing, workforce and broadband development in the city of Sheffield in Iowa and the cities of Atchison and Iola in Kansas. McClure is providing support through partnerships with capacity building organizations Sheffield Betterment Foundation and Thrive Allen County. https://www.iolaregister.com/news/new-housing-initiative-takes-shape

Pierce County, Neb., is using a $215,000 grant to develop a plan to support outreach to students and recent graduates for rural entrepreneurship opportunities in the agricultural sector in Pierce and Madison counties in Nebraska.

The Pennsylvania Downtown Center is using a $140,000 grant to provide technical assistance to help develop a plan to support downtown revitalization in the city of New Castle, the town of Shirley, and the boroughs of Clarion, Emlenton, Mapleton, Mt. Union and Reynoldsville in Pennsylvania. Funds are being used to develop community assessments, action strategies and annual work plans. https://www.exploreclarion.com/2020/11/18/1clarion-blueprint-community-seeking-community-input-on-perception-survey/

Tolani Lake Enterprises in Winslow, Ariz., is using a $215,000 grant to provide technical assistance to develop a plan to support Tribal lands and tourism for the Navajo Nation’s Cameron Chapter in Coconino, County. https://dailyyonder.com/how-four-rural-towns-are-building-vibrant-communities-through-the-tools-of-creative-placemaking/2021/04/14/

Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development is using a $215,000 grant to help develop a plan to support rural tourism opportunities in the cities of Lonoke, England, Stuttgart and Helena-West Helena in Arkansas. https://talkbusiness.net/2020/10/winrock-international-hands-out-usda-grants-to-develop-tourism-in-rural-arkansas-delta/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=winrock-international-hands-out-usda-grants-to-develop-tourism-in-rural-arkansas-delta

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