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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes for Technical Assistance and Training to Improve Rural Communities

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant Program


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
CFDA Number: 10.766
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-RD-CFTAT-2021
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Important Dates
Deadline: 03/22/21 - 4:00 PM Receipt of Paper Applications; Electronic Submission via Midnight (ET) March 29, 2021 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes for technical assistance and training as it relates to community facilities programs in rural areas. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the funding is to assist grantees in identifying and planning for community facility needs that exist in their area. Eligible regions are rural areas including cities, villages, townships, towns and Federally Recognized Tribal Lands outside the boundaries of a city of 20,000 or more.

The Technical Assistance and/or training will assist communities, Indian Tribes, and Nonprofit Corporations to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area. Once those needs have been identified, the Grantee can assist in identifying public and private resources to finance those identified community facility needs.

The Agency encourages applications that will support recommendations made in the Rural Prosperity Task Force report to help improve life in rural America. 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

To combat a key threat to economic prosperity, rural workforce and quality of life, the Agency also encourages applications that will support the Administration’s 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 prevention, treatment and/or recovery at the community, county, state, and/or regional levels. Key strategies include:

  • Prevention: reducing the occurrence of Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) and fatal substance-related overdoses through community and provider education and harm reduction measures, such as the strategic placement of overdose-reversing devices;
  • Treatment: implementing or expanding access to evidence-based treatment practices for Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse), such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT); and
  • Recovery: expanding peer recovery and treatment options that help people start and stay in recovery. State Director and Administrator discretionary points will be awarded to applications that address these Agency Goals.

For a list of eligible uses of funds, see the following link:


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
-Public bodies
-Nonprofit organizations
-Federally Recognized Tribes

Eligible Areas: Rural areas including cities, villages, townships, towns and Federally Recognized Tribal Lands outside the boundaries of a city of 20,000 or more.

All Applicants Must:
• Be a public body or a private, nonprofit corporation, (such as States, counties, cities, townships, and incorporated towns and villages, boroughs, authorities, districts, and Indian tribes);
• Be legally established and located within one of the following:
(i) A State as defined § 3570.252; or
(ii) The District of Columbia; and
• Have the proven ability, background, experience (as evidenced by the organization’s satisfactory completion of Project(s) similar to those proposed), legal authority and actual capacity to provide technical assistance and/or training to UR as provided in § 3570.252. To meet the requirement of actual capacity, an Applicant must either:
(i) Have the necessary resources to provide technical assistance and/or training to associations in Rural Areas through its staff,
(ii) Be assisted by an affiliate or member organization which has such background and experience and which agrees, in writing, that it will provide the technical assistance, or
(iii) May contract with a nonaffiliated organization for not more than 49 percent of the awarded grant to provide the proposed technical assistance.

Applicants applying as TAP must:
• Be designated tax exempt by the Internal Revenue Service.

Applicants applying as UR must:
• Be a public body, or
• Be a Federal or State recognized Indian Tribe (Tribes do NOT have to be located on a Federal or State recognized Indian Reservation to be eligible), or
• A nonprofit corporation that demonstrates community ties to the local area

For a list of ineligible grant purposes, see the following link:

Pre-Application Information
All paper applications must be received by 4:00 pm local time on March 29, 2021. Electronic applications will be accepted through until midnight (ET) on March 22, 2021.

You will need to register with the System for Award Management (SAM). You will need a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). To verify that your organization has a DUNS number or to receive one at no cost, call the dedicated toll-free request line at 1.866.705.5711 or go to You are required to provide your DUNS number during the registration process. The SAM registration processes may take several business days to complete. It is best to start this process as soon as possible. SAM registers your organization and stores your information for Federal Awards and is required for all recipients. You may register online at

Applicants may request technical assistance or other application guidance from the Agency, as long as such requests are made prior to March 17, 2021.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Expected Number of Awards: 15

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant awards for Technical Assistance Providers assisting Ultimate Recipients within one state may not exceed $150,000. Grant awards made to Ultimate Recipients will not exceed $50,000.

Term of Contract
Awards will be made from available funding on or before September 15, 2021.

Contact Information
For Applicants located in Washington, DC, please contact Shirley Stevenson at (202) 205–9685 or via email at

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