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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

Rural Policy Action Report
Key Policy Progress

Massive New Tools and Opportunities for Rural Americans

The 2021 Rural Policy Action Report provides a roadmap to ensure all working families,

Kansas Community Health Center Provides Civic Health Services

Program Spotlight: Vot-ER and the Community Health Center of SE Kansas successful voter turnout campaign.

Building Grantee Capacity

This summer we’re piloting two new programs to increase our impact.

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