The intense challenges posed by COVID-19 to our rural partners have spurred us to quickly provide additional assistance to organizations rapidly adjusting their programming because of the outbreak. RDI is uniquely positioned to be responsive to organizational needs related to COVID, and we're in continuous contact with grantees.

Our goal is to serve as a central clearinghouse for rural-specific COVID response resources, including grassroots strategies, policy recommendations, communications, ballot access, and technology.

We’re doing this through accelerated grantmaking, support for organizations transitioning to a digital strategy, increased investment in communications, funding to enable safe voting access including vote by mail, and support for organizations working in some of the hardest-hit communities, especially rural communities of color.