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Self-Help Technical Assistance Grant

Section 523 Self Help Technical Assistance Grants are provided to non-profit organizations, public bodies, or Tribes who in turn provide technical assistance to low and very low income households to build their own homes via the mutual Self Help Method.   Using the Mutual Self Help construction method, a group of families build their homes together over a period of 8-12 months, contributing an average of 30 hours per week, per family. 

 523 Grant funds may be used to pay salaries, rent, and office expenses of the recipient organization. For additional information on the eligibility and application requirements of the 523 TA grant program, visit the USDA Regulation Website and click on 1944-I.

Non –Profits interested in receiving additional information or developing a pre-application should contact the  Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) at:

Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Attn: Art Seavey
4305 Lacey Blvd. SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Telephone: (
360) 923-0544.
(360) 438-0614

For more information about the program, please contact the  USDA Rural Development Area Office nearest you. 

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 Last modified: February 16, 2006