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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

  • 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
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.

RCAP Spring 2021 Newsletter

Click to view the latest Great Lakes
RCAP Connection newsletter.



Past Newsletters

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

Angie McConnell

Loan and Grant Specialist

Robin Ross
MIS Coordinator

Bud Mason
Regional RCAP Coordinator


Valerie Van Fleet
Program Assistant

Federal loans available for water well improvements

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

Kenny shares rural economic growth strategies at national conference

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 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..

Community Loan Fund in action

Community Loan Fund

Learn how the GLCAP Community Loan Fund provides loans for facility improvements.

Planning & Development in action

Planning & Development

See how we use our 50 years experience in planning and development services to help benefit communities.

Grant Writing Services in action

Grant Writing Services

Our planning and development professionals have a long record of writing successful grant applications. Learn more today.