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.

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.


Register now for the 2015 N.C. Rural Assembly

Rural-Assembly-2015-Logo H copyThe 2015 N.C. Rural Assembly will be held on September 28 and 29. Cultivating Connectivity: Leveraging Broadband to Accelerate Opportunity will connect participants with state and national leaders who have the information and resources to help communities expand what they have or build what they need. 




We need you! Join us as we craft an advocacy agenda for rural N.C.

This summer, we will be traveling across North Carolina to gather your input as we craft a rural advocacy agenda to benefit the entire state. Please make plans to join us for these free roundtable discussions. Register now.


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.


Eastern N.C. towns: Apply now to host disaster resiliency workshops

The Rural Center is seeking three towns in Eastern North Carolina with flood and disaster mitigation experience to host a disaster resiliency training workshop. Each town will host a daylong seminar with support from the Rural Center. Selected towns will receive a $5,000 stipend. Read more.