Many federal and state agencies require a rural community to meet specific rural criteria in order to receive certain kinds of support. The definitions used vary from agency to agency and can affect the resources dedicated to sexual violence response in a community. 

The Rural Assistance Center is a site funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services to serve as an information gateway to health and human services in rural areas. Two topic links of special interest found on the main page are: What is Rural? and Grantwriting

The What is Rural? page includes an excellent discussion of ‘rural’ definitions and provides links to sites that assist with determining whether or not a community meets the definition of ‘rural’ for a variety of Federal agencies. The Grantwriting page contains links to Federal and other sources of funding as well as to technical assistance articles on how to write grants.  

Rural America at a Glance – 2012  by the USDA Economic Research Service (2012). 
This summary report highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas for use in developing policies and programs to assist rural communities. The report provides information on key rural conditions and trends for use by public and private decision makers and others involved in efforts to enhance the economic opportunities and quality of life for rural people and their communities

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