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2022 RDFC Grant is Available Up to $2,000

By May 19, 2022May 25th, 2022No Comments

A Rural Development Finance Corporation Grant (RDFC) is Available Through RTC Networks. 

RDFC is a North Dakota nonprofit finance and development corporation. RDFC’s member-owners are all the North Dakota Rural Electric Cooperatives, nine of the North Dakota Rural Telecommunication Cooperatives and the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives. RDFC encourages economic diversification and community vitality through the generation of funding that supports sustainable asset building. 


RTC Networks’ membership with the RDFC allows communities in our service area to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 for community-based projects. RDFC is making these funds available to bring awareness to their larger loan program that funds community-based projects and nonprofit entities with low interest loans. RTC Networks is accepting applications now through August 1, 2022.   


Eligible projects include community owned businesses (café, grocery store, motel, other); community facilities (such as ambulance services, fire districts, recreation, hospital/clinic, community center, etc.); or community-based projects (such as school/youth projects) that benefit rural areas and lead to community betterment. New in 2021, RDFC does not provide funds for medical fundraisers or general operating costs. 


In 2021, through RTC Networks, RDFC awarded a $2,000 grant to the Plaza Fire Department. The RDFC grant funds were used to help purchase a 4,000 gallon tank for their recently purchased Freightliner tanker engine.  

The Plaza Fire Department is a volunteer department located in Plaza, ND and serves the town of Plaza as well as the surrounding rural area. 

For an application, assistance, or questions about the available grant, please email Shannon Stafslien, RTC Networks Marketing Manager at  

RTC Networks’ Chief Executive Officer/GM, Shane Hart (left), presents Plaza Fire Department Officers with a $2000 grant from RDFC: (left to right) Wayne Olson, Chad Diffley, and Jason Yoder.