Rural Community Development Program (RCD)

Rural Community Development (RCD) is a federal grant program that works with regional and tribal organizations to manage safe water systems in rural communities. RCD funds are used to provide training and technical assistance to:

  • Increase access for families with low incomes to water supply and waste disposal services;
  • Preserve affordable water and waste disposal services in low-income rural communities;
  • Increase local capacity and expertise to establish and maintain needed community facilities;
  • Increase economic opportunities for low-income rural communities by ensuring they have basic water and sanitation;
  • Utilize technical assistance to leverage additional public and private resources; and
  • Promote improved coordination of federal, state, and local agencies and financing programs to benefit low-income communities.

RCD supports the RCD/Homeland Security Program, which provides safety and security training and technical assistance to state, regional, and national grantees.


Rafael J. Elizalde
Rural Community Development Program
Office of Community Services
Phone: 202-401-5115

Update Regarding COVID-19

On March 30, 2020, ACF issued an Information Memorandum regarding grant flexibilities in conducting human service activities related to or affected by COVID-19. Learn more about how these flexibilities may affect your grant.

Thank you for your continued engagement and partnership with us to address and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We highly value our strong ongoing partnership, and hope to continue to be a resource to you as you implement community mitigation techniques. View this up-to-date information about key issues from a number of HHS divisions.


The Rural Community Development (RCD) program does not provide direct grants to individuals; RCD does not charge a fee for receiving a grant. If you receive a message offering you an RCD grant or requesting a fee, please contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477.

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To contact the Rural Community Development Program:

Rafael J. Elizalde
Rural Community Development Program
Office of Community Services
Phone: 202-401-5115

Contact information for active RCD grantee organizations can be found on the RCD Grantees Visit disclaimer page  page.

The OGM Grants Management Specialist contact for all RCD grants is Ms. Carmen Byrd. She may be reached at (202) 401-5530 and/or