The Rural Center is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of rural North Carolinians through the development, promotion and implementation of sound economic strategies.
How can we help your community? The center trains rural leaders from all walks of life to recognize and embrace economic opportunities. We help rural entrepreneurs of all ages start their own businesses, and we provide access to capital so established businesses can grow and create new jobs.
If you have a question about current Rural Center initiatives, please contact a staff member. If you have a question about past grant programs, please see this FAQ.
Applications are now being accepted for the next class of the Rural Economic Development Institute. Each year, REDI welcomes government officials, nonprofit and faith-based leaders, small business owners, volunteers, economic development professionals and other community-minded people for nine days of intensive rural economic development training. Interested? Read more.
Center staff traveled across rural North Carolina in July and August, gathering critical feedback as we work to craft a rural advocacy agenda that benefits the entire state. More than 300 people participated. Read more.