The Heartland Fund

Our country is stronger when we invest in rural people and organizations bridging across racial, economic, and geographic differences to drive solutions. The Heartland Fund is building power toward a thriving democracy, healthy climate, and shared prosperity across diverse communities in rural areas and small cities.

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Collective Renaissance Georgia

Heartland Fund supports and connects rural leaders working to transform their lives and communities. We invest in year-round civic engagement, issue advocacy, community organizing infrastructure, and rural leadership in statewide and national coalitions. In addition to grantmaking, Heartland Fund also supports rural leaders and organizations through convening, research, and communications.

Our Network

Heartland Fund invests in over 150 groups to work alongside hundreds of thousands of people in rural areas, small towns, and small cities to improve their lives and communities.

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Northern Plains Resource Council
Wisconsin Farmers Union


Heartland Fund drives effective communications by establishing local trusted messengers, reaching people through local press, and showing the connection between national talking points and local impacts.

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We work to advance policies that improve the lives of rural people and ensure democracy works for us all. The Heartland Fund network has fueled a historic surge of rural progress, profoundly affecting numerous recent policy successes.

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Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Featured Report

Rural Policy Action Report

Featuring priority legislation and executive action that supports working families and strengthens rural communities. The report also highlights numerous policy successes and the ongoing challenges people in rural communities face.

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Support Rural Progress

Invest in the potential of our small towns and rural communities.

We have seen enormous success in the fight for change in rural communities. The Heartland network is poised to make an even greater difference this year. Supercharged by the IRA, CHIPS, and Infrastructure funding, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in rural-led solutions for economic prosperity, climate, and quality of life.

Rural Climate Partnership

Build hometown prosperity through a rural-led, place-based and benefits-forward approach

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Resource Rural

Federal funding is flowing at unprecedented levels and we have a generational opportunity to make sure it lands where it’s most needed

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