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.
The Rural Center is working dilligently to support the passage of the Connect NC bond that will be on the March 15 ballot. The center estimates that a minimum of $887 million of the bond will be spent in rural North Carolina. Among the beneficiaries: community colleges, water and sewer systems, National Guard facilities and state parks. Read why the water and sewer component is so crucial to the future of rural North Carolina. See brochures and a PowerPoint from the Connect NC campaign committee, or check out this list of regional information meetings.