rural development loan
RCAC’s programs and services deliver solutions to complex community needs. Our local presence allows us to develop partnerships with communities to identify needs, set goals, and select the best options to meet those goals. RCAC and our partners provide the tools to create change and growth, but the communities chart their own course. Collaboration, plus community effort will equal community change. How can we help you?
Decent housing, safe drinking water, education, financing, jobs, community facilities, leadership, families are the many facets to RCAC’s work.
RCAC expands the knowledge base of the rural public through education and training. Our training expertise is in technical, financial, and administrative issues that affect rural communities. We take great pride in our professional trainer team’s capacity and effectiveness. Our trainers maximize audience participation to keep trainings relevant and memorable.
RCAC’s news and publications are a compilation of timely news, announcements and accomplishments produced for the rural development world.
High unemployment rates, sub-standard housing and poverty are commonplace in low-income rural communities. Many of these communities also face daunting challenges to access safe, clean drinking water and to develop other vital infrastructure. These issues are often overlooked in policy because rural communities lack the resources, training or social networks that are found in urban areas. Learn how you can advocate for the under-served population in the West.
Founded in 1978, RCAC provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals. For more than 35 years, our dedicated staff and active board, coupled with our key values: leadership, collaboration, commitment, quality and integrity, have helped effect positive change in rural communities across the West. Learn more about who we are and how we operate.
Creating vibrant, healthy and enduring rural communities
RCAC provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals and visions.
RCAC envisions vibrant, healthy and enduring rural communities throughout the West.
- Leadership: identifies innovative strategies to further rural community and economic development and inspires partners to achieve great outcomes
- Collaboration: achieves superior results by respectfully and inclusively identifying partners
- Commitment: works with passion and dedication to improve rural communities and the lives of their low-income residents
- Quality: produces exceptional work products to help our partners meet their goals
- Integrity: practices the highest professional standards and cultural competency in our work
Nominate an outstanding rural volunteer
RCAC seeks nominations for the Yoneo Ono Rural Volunteer Award. The award honors rural people who have made significant lifelong contributions to their community in volunteer capacities.
Nov 09, 2017
After wildfires—temporary housing on farmlands
Sonoma County officials are considering allowing landowners who lost their homes in wildfires last month to live temporarily on agricultural properties. The fires destroyed nearly 7,000 structures in the area, most of them homes.
AB1234 Ethics Training for Public Elected Officials
Small water systems throughout the country have volunteer board members governing their public water system. According to the Fair Political Practices Board and the State Attorney General, in California all new and existing board members are required to attend two hours of an ethics training once every two years. This workshop meets the legal requirements for board members’ ethics training under AB1234.
Making an Impact
Success Story Highlight
Breathing new life into Enterprise, Oregon’s historic OK Theatre
Back in the day – nearly a century ago – the OK Theatre in Enterprise was a shining light in eastern Oregon, hosting events both unique and routine. There were plays and musicals at the 350-seat, single-screen theatre and traveling Chautauqua, an adult education movement in the early 20th century that brought musicians, preachers and academic lecturers to rural America.
Water Sampling at the Kotlik Landfill and River
RCAC works with low-income rural communities, where unemployment rates are high, housing is often sub-standard, and poverty is commonplace. Many of these communities also face daunting challenges to access affordable, safe drinking water and other vital infrastructure. Rural communities are often overlooked in the policy arena because they lack the resources, training or social network that larger communities have in place. RCAC includes Tribes and Native communities in all program areas.
RCAC s staff lives and works throughout the West. Our local presence allows us to develop partnerships with communities to identify needs, set goals, and select the best options to meet the goals. RCAC provides tools, through our programs and services, to create change and growth, but the communities chart their own course.
RCAC makes loans for affordable housing development, environmental infrastructure, community facilities and small businesses.
RCAC works to make small community water, wastewater and solid waste systems sustainable.
RCAC partners with nonprofit housing organizations to develop, finance and operate affordable single- and multifamily housing.
RCAC works with Tribes and Native communities to maintain and develop drinking water, wastewater, solid waste and housing services.
Community & Economic Development
RCAC supports communities to create a vision, set goals and implement an action plan for community and economic development projects.