In this issue:

RCAC borrower rises to meet COVID-19 challenge

With the nation’s attention largely fixed on how the COVID-19 pandemic affects urban areas, rural America is bracing for its own case wave. Many rural healthcare facilities’ perilous state was already a national story before the current health crisis onset. As COVID-19 began making its way into rural communities, real concerns took shape. Amidst this looming threat, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) borrower Breath of My Heart Birthing Center (BMH) in Espanola, New Mexico, is an example of rural grit and adaptability. Read more

CDFIs are responding to borrowers in crisis

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) like RCAC are responding to borrowers in crisis in communities from coast to coast. Each of our organizations is fielding dozens of calls a day from borrowers struggling with how to survive lost revenue and canceled programming, how to keep people employed, and even whether to close their doors entirely. We’re providing all of the resources we can as well as developing plans to react quickly to payments issues that may arise in the next month and beyond. Access the open letter from CDFI leaders to our supporters

COVID-19 resources and notices

RCAC is monitoring COVID-19 notices and resources for our communities and partners. We have compiled and posted information such as federal funding/relief bills, resources specific to the states in our region, homeowner and renter resources, and links to informational websites. Access the resources and notices

Call for nominations!

RCAC seeks nominations for the Yoneo Ono Rural Volunteer Award. The award honors rural people who have made significant lifelong contributions to their community in volunteer capacities. RCAC’s Board of Directors presents the award to the honoree during a reception held in their community, and a cash award is donated to a local charitable organization of the honoree’s choice. Nominate a rural volunteer today

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Join our passionate team and make a difference in rural communities throughout the West! We work in diverse and low-income communities to increase access to affordable housing and safe drinking water, promote economic opportunity and job creation, and provide financing for community and economic development projects. Check out our job opportunities

Celebrating 30+ years of lending

RCAC provides financing for affordable housing, environmental infrastructure, community facilities or small businesses. Our rates are competitive, our staff is easy to work with and they provide quick turnaround on applications. Give us a call to discuss your project in detail and download our programs and rates at-a-glance flyer. RCAC is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), with an Aeris rating of 4 Stars AA plus Policy Plus. Learn more about our lending products

Conference and Workshop Highlights

Operator Training Prep

May 13 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM


Operator Training Prep is offered as an online two-part course; for maximum effectiveness we recommend taking both parts in the same day.

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Nevada Funding Fair

May 13 | 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM


The Nevada Funding Fair is now offered as an online two-part series, and it is recommended to take both parts on same day. The Fair provides opportunities to obtain information about currently available infrastructure grant, loan and bond financing programs and options. Each attendee will receive copies of all slide presentations and additional useful infrastructure financing material. The Funding Fairs also provide an opportunity for attendees to speak directly with program staff about specific projects and issues affecting their community. It is free to attend!

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Network News, published monthly, is a compilation of timely news, announcements and accomplishments produced for the rural development world at no cost to subscribers. We encourage correspondence and welcome contributions. Subscribe here

Chief Executive Officer: Suzanne Anarde
Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke
Managing Editor: Sharon Wills

Network News is funded by: RCAC’s Loan Fund and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

RCAC is the western RCAP partner.