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We are changing the political landscape of rural America.

Rural Democracy Initiative (RDI) supports rural people working to transform their lives and communities in service of shared prosperity and democracy. We invest in permanent civic engagement, issue advocacy, community organizing infrastructure, and sustainable urban-rural coalitions. In addition to grantmaking, RDI also supports rural leaders and organizations through convening, research, and communications.

With everything at stake this year, we are increasing our grantmaking while carefully targeting our investments in places where rural action will define policy and electoral outcomes. We regularly convene grantees to share what’s working and innovations. We match groups in our network with technology platforms, research, and other resources to enhance their success. Learn More

RDI is investing in research, content, and narrative development while building a collaborative network of communications platforms with credibility in rural areas. The Winning Jobs Narrative is a compelling progressive economic narrative and a blueprint for successful messaging about jobs and work.

The RDI network helped pass many of the priorities in our Rural Policy Action Report, including programs for public health, economic recovery, and protections for working families. Our grantees are working with local officials to ensure that American Rescue Plan and infrastructure funds can quickly help with broadband, housing, and small businesses.

We know how to win in small towns and rural communities

Rural Climate Partnership Published in The Hill

“Rural communities can be a roadblock to climate progress or a

Grants From RDI Support Rural Leaders to Mobilize Voters Ahead of 2022 Elections

In the last three months, Rural Democracy Initiative’s 501c3 Heartland Fund and 501c4 Rural Victory Fund approved $3.4 million to 56 creative, effective

Rural Voters Surge to Polls - Elect Progressive Leader in Enfield, NC

“Rural spaces are as progressive as urban spaces. It just requires the right message and messenger.”

Winning Jobs Narrative

A narrative framework for working people across race and place

Progressive policies drive job growth, provide opportunity, and build the middle class.

New Resource Guide for State-based Rural Policy

Blueprint for Rural Policy Action in the States

State Innovation Exchange (SiX) and Rural Democracy Initiative created a resource guide for stat