WHAT IS AN RC&D COUNCIL?
The acronym "RC&D" is short for Resource Conservation and Development. RC&D is a unique organization that helps people protect and develop their economic, natural, and social resources in ways that improve their area's economy, environment, and quality of life. Local RC&D Councils provide a way for people to plan and implement projects that will make their communities a better place to live. They bring together people, needs, concerns, opportunities, and solutions. RC&Ds were established in the Agriculture Act of 1962 to provide a program that empowered rural people to help themselves. The focus on local direction and control has made RC&D one of the most successful rural development programs of the Federal Government.
What Type of Assistance can an RC&D Provide for a Project?
RC&Ds identify agencies or organizations that can assist in completing each step of a project plan, to serve as sources of technical assistance and to provide financial resources if needed. RC&Ds provide the vehicle for achieving a goal and completing projects. However, a project is not an "RC&D project" in the sense that an RC&D does everything. Local leadership and support are key elements for any successful project.
Types of assistance available include:
identifying potential funding sources
serving as an umbrella organization for new non-profits and foundations
working with grants
coordinating technical assistance
serving as a conduit for "pass-through" grants
helping with grant administration
conducting information campaigns
hiring multi-county employees
conducting tours and educational events
The amount and kind of assistance depends on the type of project and the Council's wishes.