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Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP)

The Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) provides solutions for small communities for a variety of needs, and is part of the nationwide Rural Community Assistance Partnership network. Great Lakes RCAP serves a seven-state region that includes Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Great Lakes RCAP Services by State

About RCAP

One of our Success Stories


GLCAP RCAP Helps Small Town
with Infrastructure Needs

Learn how GLCAP's Great Lakes RCAP
staff helped the Village of New Boston, Ohio,
improve its sewer system. This video was
made by the U.S. Administration for
Children & Families and is hosted
on the USACF's YouTube channel.


Great Lakes RCAP can help communities access to safe drinking water supplies, protect groundwater supplies and watersheds, and treat and properly dispose of wastewater. RCAP can also help communities:

  • Plan and finance infrastructure projects

  • Prepare NEPA environmental reports

  • Administer grants

  • Understand state and federal environmental regulations and requirements

  • Responsibly manage and operate community facilities

  • Develop rate studies and asset management plans

  • GPS locating and GIS mapping/inventorying of assets

  • Assess the condition of water distribution and wastewater collection systems

  • Conduct vulnerability assessments and develop emergency response planning

  • Develop a vision for the future and build leadership capacity in the community


Great Lakes RCAP
Connection Newsletter

The Great Lakes RCAP Connection newsletter features stories from staff throughout our seven-state service region. See below for sign-up information to receive a mailed or electronic version of our newsletter.

Click to view the latest Great Lakes
RCAP Connection newsletter.


Past Newsletters

Spring 2021

Summer 2020

Fall 2019

Summer 2019

About National RCAP

National Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Director Nathan Ohle discusses the role RCAP plays in
helping small communities.


Wastewater Systems in Your Community

Senior Rural Development Specialist Bud Mason 
for GLCAP/RCAP, gives an overview of
wastewater collection systems.


Good Water Practices

Learn about how you can help your community's
wastewater systems through responsible
home water usage.


It's All About the Data

What can Geographic Information System (GIS)
data do for communities? A lot. Watch to learn
more about GIS.


RCAP Managerial and Financial Hub


The national Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) has put together a financial and managerial resource hub for small communities. The hub contains links to resources on 11 finance and management topics from RCAP, EPA, and other organizations.

Access the hub at this link.

More information on the national RCAP is available at

Regional RCAP Staff

Kristin Woodall

Deb Martin
Program Development Coordinator

Sherry Loos
Regional Training and Outreach Coordinator

Angie McConnell
Loan and Grant Specialist

Bud Mason
Regional RCAP Coordinator

David Garretson
GIS Manager

Robin Ross
MIS (Fiscal) Coordinator

Valerie Van Fleet
Program Assistant

Kurtis Strickland
Regional MIS Coordinator
Jennifer Bailey
Administrative Assistant
Martha Parraz
MIS Specialist
Nadine Thompson
Program Assistant - International

Great Lakes RCAP contributes their knowledge for rural prosperity book

Great Lakes RCAP recently partnered on a newly released book, Investing in Rural Prosperity. “Many vulnerable rural communities across the country were still striving to fully recover from the Great

RCAP , Community and Rural Development

RCAP connects 29 communities to $67 million in Ohio BUILDS grants

The Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP), a non-profit program operated by Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP), has successfully helped another 15 communities across the state secure grant funds totaling over $18 million through the Ohio Broadband, Utilities, and Infrastructure for Local Development Success (BUILDS) program.

Private Well Assistance in action

Private Well Assistance

GLCAP can assist you if you own a home in a rural area and use well water supplies. We can help assess the quality of your water well and provide low-interest..