Founded in 1978, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals and visions.
RCAC’s work includes environmental infrastructure (water, wastewater and solid waste facilities); affordable housing development; economic and leadership development; and community development finance.
Who we serve
Headquartered in West Sacramento, California, RCAC’s employees serve rural communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii and other Pacific islands, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Our services are available to communities with populations of fewer than 50,000, other nonprofit groups, Tribal organizations, farmworkers, colonias and other specific populations. RCAC has an annual operating budget of more than $15 million and more than 160 employees working from field offices throughout our service region.
RCAC provides environmental assistance to small municipal and nonprofit water systems, wastewater systems and solid waste management programs in 11 western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington. We are also one of six regional agencies that together, serve the entire country. These six organizations make up the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) network. All six organizations are “on the ground” working directly with rural communities so we have a common experience and knowledge base (primarily with environmental infrastructure). RCAP maintains an office in Washington, D.C. so we have direct access to policymakers on the national level.
Since inception, 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.
RCAC partners with rural and Indigenous communities to achieve their vision and well being through technical assistance, training, financial resources and advocacy.
Rural and Indigenous communities throughout the West are empowered to be vibrant, healthy and thriving.
RCAC’s Core Values
- 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
Watch RCAC’s Origins video to see where our roots began.Read RCAC’s latest annual report