News Release
Release No.STELPRD4010946
ContactAdam Czech(651) 602-7799
ST. PAUL Minn., Jun 30, 2011 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer today announced the selection of three organizations to receive more than $485,000 in grants to help support rural economic development efforts. Funding is being provided through Rural Development’s Rural Community Development Initiative Program (RCDI).

“This funding will help several rural communities continue their economic recovery efforts through business opportunities, education and strategic planning,” Landkamer said. “It is USDA Rural Development’s mission to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents.”

The RCDI program helps community-based development organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes and other groups promote economic growth in low-income, rural communities. Recipients are required to obtain matching funds, doubling the value of the grants. The grants are awarded to public or nonprofit intermediary organizations. The funds are then provided to recipients, which must be located in eligible rural areas.

Projects selected for funding in Minnesota include:

    The Initiative Foundation in Morrison County was selected to receive $175,105 that will be used to provide technical assistance to increase the capacity of six low-income rural communities so they can more effectively plan for and carry out community and economic development projects.

    The Minnesota Housing Partnership was selected to receive $175,105 to provide technical and financial assistance in the Northeast region of Minnesota, helping two non-profit agencies and the low-income rural communities that they serve increase housing, community, and economic capacity.

    Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota was selected to receive $135,000 to expand its training and technical program in the areas of community development and nonprofit organization in 20 rural communities throughout Minnesota. Habitat’s emphasis on rural Habitat affiliates aligns with USDA’s focus on rural communities.

Nationally, 44 community-based organizations were selected to receive RCDI grants totaling $6.5 million. Since 2009, 10 Minnesota community-based organizations have received about $1.5 million in RCDI grants.

USDA Rural Development has invested about $2.5 billion throughout Minnesota since 2009. Rural Development finances housing, infrastructure, essential community facilities, broadband Internet, business growth and job creation in rural communities. To learn more about Rural Development, visit