Federal Programs from Rural Development

The Office of Rural Development, within the Department of Agriculture, works to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through its programs, we touch rural America in many ways.

Financial programs support public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. The Office promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks , credit unions and community-managed lending pools.
Technical Assistance to Cooperatives
Rural Development
To develop and administer research, technical assistance, statistical, and educational programs on finances, organization, management, legal, social, and economic aspects of rural cooperatives, focusi...more

Value-Added Producer Grants
Rural Development
To assist eligible independent agricultural commodity producers, agriculture producer groups, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based businesses in developing strategie...more

Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants
Rural Development
To provide decent, safe, and sanitary low-rent housing and related facilities for domestic farm laborers....more

Very Low to Moderate Income Housing Loans
Rural Development
To assist very low, low-income, and moderate-income households to obtain modest, decent, safe, and sanitary housing for use as a permanent residence in rural areas....more

Rural Housing Site Loans and Self_Help Housing Land Development Loans
Rural Development
To assist public or private nonprofit organizations interested in providing sites for housing; to acquire and develop land in rural areas to be subdivided as adequate building sites and sold on a cost...more

Rural Rental Housing Loans
Rural Development
To provide economically designed and constructed rental and cooperative housing and related facilities suited for rural residents....more

Very Low-Income Housing Repair Loans and Grants
Rural Development
Section 504 loans and grants are intended to help very low-income owner-occupants in rural areas repair their properties....more

Rural Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance
Rural Development
To provide Self-Help Technical Assistance Grants to provide financial assistance to qualified nonprofit organizations and public bodies that will aid needy very low and low-income individuals and thei...more

Rural Rental Assistance Payments
Rural Development
To reduce the tenant contribution paid by low-income families occupying eligible Rural Rental Housing (RRH), Rural Cooperative Housing (RCH), and Farm Labor Housing (LH) projects financed by the Rural...more

Rural Housing Preservation Grants
Rural Development
To assist very low- and low-income rural residents individual homeowners, rental property owners (single/multi-unit) or by providing the consumer cooperative housing projects (co-ops) the necessary as...more




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