Strategic Economic and Community Development



Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) funding is authorized through a Farm Bill provision that supports regional economic and community development planning.


SECD supports projects that promote and implement strategic community investment plans. These plans use the unique strengths of rural communities to advance prosperity. USDA Rural Development helps finance these projects to build community prosperity by using community assets, identifying resources, convening partners and leveraging federal, state, local or private funding.  

What is the Application Process

To apply, applicants must meet covered program requirements and submit the Form RD 1980-88 to the nearest USDA office. Applicants who are applying for SECD funding through a loan guarantee program may submit forms under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative application guidelines.

Who may apply for this program?

To be eligible for SECD, a project must:

  • Be eligible for the covered program
  • Be carried out in a rural area
  • Support a multi-jurisdictional and multi-sectoral strategic community investment plan

Consideration will be based on:
(1) How well the project supports a multi-jurisdictional plan, and
(2) Whether the plan contains evidence of collaboration among multiple stakeholders; leverages applicable regional resources, monetary and non-monetary investments from strategic partners, including private and philanthropic organizations and government entities; and includes clear objectives with measurable performance metrics and actions steps for implementation. Interested participants are encouraged to have their plans reviewed by their state’s staff early in the process for feedback and possible modification prior to submitting the formal application. 

Covered Rural Development Programs  

Priority may be given to applications submitted through the following programs: 

For More Information

Please contact or

SECD Application Form (Form 1980-88) 

There are no other additional requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above.

Webinar: FY 2021 Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Funding Opportunity
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time

Join USDA to learn about the Fiscal Year 2021 funding opportunity known as Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD). This webinar will introduce attendees to the Innovation Center, provide an overview of Farm Bill changes to SECD and highlight the FY 2021 application requirements and process. 

Webinar Registration

Kristen Grifka,

Gregory Batson,