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
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
- Administer grants
- Understand state and federal environmental regulations and requirements
- Responsibly manage and operate community facilities
- Prepare energy audits and environmental reports
- Develop rate studies and asset management plans
- Conduct vulnerability assessments and develop emergency response planning
- Develop a vision for the future and build leadership capacity in the community
Great Lakes RCAP
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.
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.
More information on the national RCAP is available at www.rcap.org.
Regional RCAP Staff
Low-interest loans are currently available via the Household Water Well Program for rural residents in need of water well improvements. Through the Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP), residents may borrow up to $11,000 for improvements to water wells and in-home water treatment systems. Loans carry an interest rate of 1 percent; loan maturity may not exceed 20 years and depends on the borrower’s repayment ability.Community and Rural Development , RCAP
Small communities may not have as many resources as metropolitan areas, but can still use available resources to grow. This was the focus of Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (formerly WSOS Community Action Commission) Community Development Coordinator Ben Kenny’s presentation, “Economic Development in a Rural Community Action Agency,” at the National Community Action Partnership Conference, Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Philadelphia.Community and Rural Development , RCAP
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..
Community Loan Fund
Learn how the GLCAP Community Loan Fund provides loans for facility improvements.
Planning & Development
See how we use our 50 years experience in planning and development services to help benefit communities.
Grant Writing Services
Our planning and development professionals have a long record of writing successful grant applications. Learn more today.