The USDA is now prioritizing applications for Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD)!
Eligible projects resulting from mulitjurisdictional planning may now receive  prioritization through the USDAs SECD program. Section 6025 of the 2014 Farm Bill enables the Secretary of Agriculture to provide priority to projects that support strategic economic and community development plans. The result of that is a provision called Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD).

Goal

By creating a regional focus and increasing collaboration across Rural Development agencies and programs, USDA resources can have a larger impact, enabling greater wealth creation, and quality of life improvements.

Eligibility

To be eligible for SECD, a project must:

  • Be eligible for the underlying program
  • Be carried out solely in a rural area
  • Support a multi-jurisdictional strategic economic community development plan
For more information on SECD prioritization, click here, or contact your local Rural Development Service Center (You can find it here).