The Rural Center is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of rural North Carolinians through the development, promotion and implementation of sound economic strategies.

How can we help your community? The center trains rural leaders from all walks of life to recognize and embrace economic opportunities. We help rural entrepreneurs of all ages start their own businesses, and we provide access to capital so established businesses can grow and create new jobs.

We are passionate about this work. Recent challenges have only strengthened our dedication to it.

If you have a question about current Rural Center initiatives, please contact a staff member. If you have a question about past grant programs, please see this FAQ.


Check out our redesigned newsletter

ncrc-mountains2We have overhauled and redesigned our monthly newsletter, which now includes a listing of bills with rural implications that are before the N.C. General Assembly. Read more.




Woodie joins new N.C. Rural Health Alliance

Rural Center President Patrick Woodie has joined the newly formed N.C. Rural Health Leadership Alliance as an inaugural member. Read more.



Check out our 2015 training and event schedule

We have an ambitious and thorough schedule mapped out for the rest of the year. It is constantly being updated, so don't forget to bookmark it. Read more.



"A further reason to hope comes from the Rural Center"

In a recent newspaper column that was published throughout the state, Tom Campbell of "N.C. Spin" praised the Rural Center's resiliency and refocused dedication to serving rural North Carolina. "We're all in this effort together," he says. Read more.