Strategic Economic and Community Development is a Farm Bill provision that allows USDA to give priority for projects that support the implementation of regional economic development plans through the following four USDA Rural Development programs:
Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees
Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees
Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees
Rural Business Development Grants
Projects that promote regional economic development can capitalize upon the unique strengths of specific rural areas. USDA Rural Development helps finance these projects by helping applicants overcome multi-jurisdictional challenges and by helping leverage federal, state, local or private funding. Regionally focused projects help USDA resources have a larger impact, enabling greater wealth creation and quality of life improvements.
Detailed instructions on what qualifies as a multi-jurisdictional plan, scoring criteria and award process | SECD Instructions
Application Form (Form RD 1980-88)
To be eligible for SECD, a project must:
Be eligible for the underlying program
Be carried out solely in a rural area
Support a multi-jurisdictional strategic economic community development plan
Consideration for regional development priority will be based on: (1) How well the project supports a multi-jurisdictional plan, and (2) How well the plan addresses collaboration and investments from other federal and philanthropic agencies.
Program funds available under SECD expire on June 30, 2020.
Interested participants are encouraged to have their plans reviewed by their state’s staff early in the process for feedback and possible modifcation prior to submitting the formal application.
Participating Rural Development Programs Priority may be given to applications submitted through the following programs:
• Community Facility Direct Loans, Grants, and Loan Guarantees
• Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loans, Grants, and Loan Guarantees
• Business and Industry Loan Guarantees (B&I)
• Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG)
For More Information
Please contact your local USDA Rural Development office or Gregory Batson at Gregory.Batson@usda.gov.