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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. Learn More

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 federal funds can quickly help with broadband, housing, and small businesses. Learn More

We know how to win in small towns and rural communities

Convening the Rural Policy Action Summit

In late April 2023, Rural Democracy Initiative met with over fifty rural advocates in Omaha, Nebraska to identify key federal and state policies designed to support rural people and the places they

Youth Organizing in Georgia

Black, brown, and youth voters surged to the polls in 2020 and 2021.

Policy Victory in Rural Texas Leads to Statewide Shift

The saying goes, “As Texas goes, so goes the nation.” The state has been a testing ground for extreme bills attacking voting rights, reproductive justice, and immigration.

The Farm Bill & The RDI Network

RDI grantees, partners, and donors participated in a lively and fast-paced discussion on the 2023 Farm Bill.

2022 Impact Report

The Rural Democracy Initiative 2022 Impact Report includes lessons from 2022, priorities for 2023, financials, and grantee spotlights.