USDA Rural Development Program Assistance

The CIECD Innovation Center has been assisting the citizens of South Carolina since its inception in early 2007.  The primary funder for the Innovation Center is the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development.  This partnership with Clemson University provides a synergistic approach to addressing resource needs.

USDA – Rural Development programs are divided into four primary areas.  The concentrations are Housing and Community Facilities, Business and Cooperative, Utilities and Community/Empowerment.  All are primarily addressed through either matching grant or guaranteed loan programs. 

The Innovation Center is prepared to assist with the planning and application process for both matching grants and guaranteed loans.

Application and Grant Writing

Federal Applicant Resources

Proposal Techniques

Foundation Directory

Federal Gateway

Non Profit Guidelines