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The latest news and information from RDI

  • Report: Investing in Rural and Small-Town Voters
    The report, created by political analyst Mike Lux, reviews voting trends to establish the importance of rural voters and strategies for funding rural civic engagement.
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    Racial Justice in Rural Communities
    Groups around the country are leading powerful racial justice organizing in rural communities. At Rural Democracy Initiative (RDI) we’re celebrating this important work by sharing six stories from groups we fund.
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    Federal Assistance To Fund Rural Solar

    Park County, Montana is using Federal funding to partner with Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council (YBCC) to launch a new solar project. New solar arrays will reduce energy costs for low-income residents, a public school, and a county fairgrounds exhibit building. In addition to cost savings, it also reduces greenhouses emissions and is a critical component to avoiding the most devastating impacts of climate change.

  • Watch Clips from the Force Multiplier Fundraiser

    Force Multiplier held a fundraiser for RDI to support progressive organizing and communications infrastructure in rural communities. Watch a few of the highlights!

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    New RDI Grants Support Vital Organizing in Rural Communities

    The Rural Democracy Initiative (RDI) team has been working overtime to complete our 2021 grant making. In September the steering committees of our 501c3 Heartland Fund and 501c4 Rural Victory Fund approved an additional $2,075,000 in grants to build the strong civic and political infrastructure rural communities need. Thanks to our generous donors, we supported 37 groups in 12 states and are busy preparing 35 more grants for October approval.