USDA Notice of Funds Availability for the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) for Fiscal Year 2022
The intention of RPIC is to provide cooperative agreement funding to eligible applicants working to promote public-private, philanthropic partnerships in rural and Tribal communities that encourage economic and social development. These projects are intended to support rural America and align with the mission of existing USDA RD programs to increase rural economic growth and improve the quality of life in rural America by supporting essential services such as housing, economic and community development, and required infrastructure.
The Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) provides 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, Tribal and community partners to provide assistance in implementing the placemaking plan. This funding announcement supports the delivery of technical assistance and training in visioning, planning, and assisting communities in implementing placemaking efforts in rural communities under the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge
- Federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal Entities
- Institutions of higher education (including 1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU))
- Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) IRS status
- Public bodies, or small private entities meeting the size standards established by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
COST-SHARING OR MATCHING REQUIREMENT
A minimum 15 percent match of the federal grant amount requested for the cooperative agreement award is required for all applications.
FUNDING AVAILABLE AND APPLICATION WINDOW
FUNDING AVAILABLE: $4 million
APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 15, 2022