*Provided by HUD
The Rural Capacity Building program enhances the capacity and ability of rural housing development organizations, Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), local governments, and Indian tribes (eligible beneficiaries) to carry out affordable housing and community development activities in rural areas for the benefit of low- and moderate-income families and persons. The Rural Capacity Building program achieves this by funding National Organizations with expertise in rural housing and rural community development who work directly to build the capacity of eligible beneficiaries. Eligible Program Activities. RCB program funds are limited to activities that strengthen the organizational infrastructure, management, and governance capabilities of eligible beneficiaries serving rural areas. Through these activities, eligible beneficiaries increase their capacity to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income or low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas. Training, education, support, and advice. This may include, but is not limited to, building the capacity of eligible beneficiaries to: Conduct organizational assessments; Engage in strategic planning and Board development; Access and implement technological improvements; Engage with rural community stakeholders; Evaluate performance of current and planned rural community efforts; Plan for the use of available rural resources in a comprehensive and holistic manner; Participate in HUD planning efforts to ensure rural participation and the assessment of rural area needs; and Foster regional planning efforts by connecting local, rural community plans with neighboring communities. Loans, pass-through grants or other financial assistance. Such other activities as may be determined by the grantees in consultation with the Secretary or his or her designee.
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