Rural Grant Resources

Our grants team maintains this page with useful resources and links for those researching and applying for federal grants in rural communities. 

Permanent Resources

This is a comprehensive and searchable database of federal funding opportunities specific to rural communities in the United States, an initiative of The White House. 

NC Rural Playbook

Hometown Strong develops and maintains the NC Rural Playbook, a guide to new infrastructure opportunities made available in federal funding acts over the past three years. 

NC Grant Link

NC Grant Link is intended to help local governments, nonprofits, and schools find federal and state grant opportunities. By inputting their project information, the tool will automatically match them to grant applications best suited to their qualifications and needs. It also provides an opportunity to connect with technical assistance providers, which can include your organizations. NC Grant Link is also designed to foster collaboration, discussion, and the sharing of grant resources all within the portal. The tool is in development and expects to launch to local government partners in early 2024. For questions, please contact Milken Institute representative Sarah Ortner at

Upcoming Federal Grant Webinars and Opportunities

READY Local Governments provides no-cost training to help local government officials better identify, secure, manage, and implement federally funded projects. 
READY Local Governments Virtual Application Webinar: February 8, 2024 (Corrected) - please click HERE to register
INSPIRE - Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems Initiative
INSPIRE Virtual Application Webinar: February 8, 2024 – please click HERE to register.

Webinar Recordings

US Forest Service
Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program) 
(ARC) Appalachian Regional Commission