Rural Community Development Program (RCD)

Rural Community Development (RCD) is a federal grant program that works with regional and tribal organizations to manage safe water systems in rural communities. RCD funds are used to provide training and technical assistance to:

  • Increase access for families with low incomes to water supply and waste disposal services;
  • Preserve affordable water and waste disposal services in low-income rural communities;
  • Increase local capacity and expertise to establish and maintain needed community facilities;
  • Increase economic opportunities for low-income rural communities by ensuring they have basic water and sanitation;
  • Utilize technical assistance to leverage additional public and private resources; and
  • Promote improved coordination of federal, state, and local agencies and financing programs to benefit low-income communities.

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Notice: The RCD program does not provide direct grants to individuals; RCD does not charge a fee for receiving a grant. If you receive a message offering you an RCD grant or requesting a fee, please contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477. For more information, visit the Grant Fraud and Scams Visit disclaimer page Visit disclaimer page site.

Rafael J. Elizalde
Rural Community Development Program
Office of Community Services
Phone: 202-401-5115

RCD Grantee Spotlights

Check out new videos of how RCD regional and tribal technical assistance grantees help rural communities across the country gain and maintain access to clean, safe, and affordable water and wastewater services.

Learn More about RCD

View the fact sheet about the RCD program to learn more about the program, including uses for the grants, eligible applicants for the grants, and the legislative authority for the grants.

Current RCD Grants

Learn more about the current RCD grantees and the work they are doing to build capacity to support safe and affordable water and wastewater systems.

This page includes a map of current grantees, FY 2020 grant awards, and project descriptions.


To contact the Rural Community Development Program:

Rafael J. Elizalde
Rural Community Development Program
Office of Community Services
Phone: 202-401-5115

Contact information for active RCD grantee organizations can be found on the RCD Grantees page.

The OGM Grants Management Specialist contact for all RCD grants is Mr. Marco Santo. He may be reached at

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