Information Bulletin Number 0803175

Rural Emergency Responders Initiative

The Rural Development, through its community facilities program, provides funding for the Rural Emergency Responders Initiative to specifically strengthen the ability of rural communities to respond to local emergencies.  The community facilities program funds are used to support rural emergency responder efforts by financing needed equipment and services.  These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations, and recognized Indian tribes.

Funds may be used to finance equipment, vehicles, and/or buildings for the following types of projects:


Fire Protection
Law Enforcement
Civil Defense/Early Warning Systems
Mobile/Stationary Communications
Emergency Responders Training Facilities


Outpatient Care
Physician's Clinics
Migrant Health Centers
Healthcare Office Buildings
County Health Department Offices
Food Preparation Distribution Centers
Animal Shelters

Rural Development, through its community facilities program, provides financial assistance to develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas.  These facilities include schools, libraries, childcare, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation.

If you have any questions regarding the Rural Emergency Responders Initiative or other Community Facilities Programs, you can view the Community Facilities homepage ( or contact your respective State Office ( .