Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the FY2020 Rural Community Development Initiative


Updates for Fiscal Year 2020 include the following:

  • $6 million is available for FY2020.

  • Application deadlines:

  • Electronic application submission via grants.gov is Midnight (ET) on May 13, 2020.

  • Paper application submission is 4:00 pm (local time) May 18, 2020.

Applications will not be considered after the application deadline.

  • Prior to official submission of applications, applicants may request technical assistance or other application guidance from the Agency, as long as such requests are made prior to May 8, 2020.

  • The Agency encourages the following:

Applications that will support the Agency’s overall goal to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to address one or more of the following focus areas at the community, county, state, and/or regional levels:

  • Prevention: reducing the occurrence of Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) among new and at-risk users as well as fatal substance-related overdoses through community and provider education, and harm reduction measures including the strategic placement of overdose reversing devices, such as naloxone;

  • Treatment: implementing or expanding access to evidence-based practices for Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) treatment such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT); and

  • Recovery: expanding peer recovery and treatment options that help people start and stay in recovery.

Administrator discretionary points will be awarded to applications that address this Agency Goal.

Applications that will help improve life in rural America. (See information on the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity found at www.usda.gov/ruralprosperity). Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Key strategies include:

Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America

Developing the Rural Economy

Harnessing Technological Innovation

Supporting a Rural Workforce

Improving Quality of Life

The RCDI Webinar is tentatively scheduled for April 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm (ET). Once the date is confirmed, a webinar invite will be sent in a separate email.


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