Lipinski Rural Initiatives Award

The Lipinski Rural Initiatives Award aims to recognize innovative and transformational efforts to revitalize rural communities in the Northeast.
Utility work alongside rural Vermont road.


The Lipinski Rural Initiatives Award is to recognize previous, existing and/or ongoing initiatives. It is not intended as a grant to fund future projects, although it is hoped the financial award and the recognition from receiving the award will enhance the recipients’ ability to continue to make a positive impact in the future.

The award aims to recognize and reward programs, projects, individuals, businesses, organizations and/or institutions that:

  • Create jobs in rural areas of the Northeast.
  • Contribute to the quality of life in rural communities.
  • Enhance the infrastructure, such as community facilities and broadband, necessary for strong rural economies.

This award is not intended to recognize innovative production agriculture practices unless there is a broader impact beyond the farm level. 

Nominees should be based in Farm Credit East’s territory, although nominees from outside the territory may be eligible if the initiative for which they are being nominated is positively impacting the rural areas of Farm Credit East’s territory (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont). Self-nominations are permitted.

Funds will be provided directly to the recipient. Awards will be made at the sole discretion of the selection committee.

Disclosure Requirement for Farm Credit Directors and Employees

Any Director or employee of Farm Credit East or CoBank shall clearly indicate their affiliation with Farm Credit in their supporting materials. Failure to disclose this information shall cause the project to be ineligible for consideration.

2024 Award

The deadline for the 2024 award has passed. Nominations for the 2025 award will open in November 2024.