Mission: To effect positive change in rural communities across the American West.
About the organization: Established in 1978, the works to deliver solutions to rural communities across the American West through five areas: lending, the environment, housing, Native communities, and community and economic development. The organization partners with communities to help identify needs, establish goals, and select the best tools and options for achieving those goals. In addition, the organization offers capacity-building and resources for community leaders, while its work focuses on securing access to clean water for rural communities, policies that support collaboration among rural utilities, tribal access to state-administered housing programs, and state funding for housing development.
Current programs: RCAC's programs and services include , , , , , , and a . The organization's program works with low-income Native and rural communities to develop sustainable water, wastewater, and solid waste systems infrastructure, while its program supports individuals and communities in the areas of , , and .
Services focused on include the program, which works with water operators and administrators to ensure the delivery of safe drinking water on reservations; the , which brings together utility staff from multiple tribes for peer learning and networking opportunities; and , an intensive training program for organizations working to improve and expand the housing supply and skills of Native housing professionals. RCAC's program includes the initiative, which works to build the capacity of local organizations to network, plan, and implement economic development initiatives; the program, a fifty-two-hour curriculum focused on the building blocks of volunteer leadership in community development efforts; and , a learning community organized around an approach to local and regional economic development that brings together community assets to create more sustainable livelihoods for the people who call the West home.
Website: Visitors to the RCAC website can learn more about its and their , explore an interactive of the organization's environmental and housing projects across the region, or check out upcoming . They also can browse , subscribe to the , and/or make a .
Funding: RCAC is funded by government agencies, foundations, and individuals.