USDA Seeks Applications for Placemaking Grants to Spur Economic Growth and Community Development in Rural America

By Margaret Allen
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for rural communities to foster placemaking activities including the planning, design and management of public spaces
USDA is making up to $3 million in cooperative agreement grants available under the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC). Eligible entities may use the funds to help rural communities create plans to enhance capacity for broadband access; preserve cultural and historic structures; and support development in transportation, housing, and recreational spaces. Public or private groups, organizations or institutions are eligible to apply. The USDA is looking to partner with at least one entity each located in the northeastern, southern, midwestern and western regions of the United States. The maximum award for any one applicant is $250,000. Applicants must provide a funding match of 15 percent. The deadline to apply is July 26th. You can also attend a virtual workshop to learn more about this program on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To register, visit: