Watch CU’s CEO testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship on May 20, 2020 HERE.

ALL our Families First & CARES Act resources for small businesses, public bodies, nonprofits and individuals are available HERE.


Communities Unlimited is unwinding generations of inequity and disinvestment.

Communities Unlimited ignites hope by bridging racial, economical, and geographical boundaries in Southern communities emerging from generations of persistent poverty.

In this nation, access to opportunity should not depend on where you live, what you look like, or what you have in the bank. In the communities with which we partner, we witness perseverance, talent and strength to create solutions and opportunities for all, every day.

Through human connection and ingenuity, combined with cutting-edge technology and expertise, CU reveals the unlimited potential in the people and in the places with which we work.

Of the 395 persistent poverty counties, 8 out of 10 are non-metro, and the majority (60%) of people living in persistent poverty counties are people of color.


Rural America is as diverse as the country itself, from the geography to the people. No two rural communities are the same.

Lack of access to resources and opportunities has limited the growth potential of the innovative and entrepreneurial people that live in rural places. Communities Unlimited is committed to eliminating the limitations.

of the U.S. population

live in poverty

are minorities


If we don’t directly provide a solution that a community needs, we partner with someone who does. We proudly partner with national economic development and technical assistance organizations.

Communities Unlimited is the southern regional partner of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership serving Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Partners for Rural
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In memory of Herman Strickland

Herman Strickland, Secretary/Treasurer for Communities Unlimited Board of Directors, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 5th.  He leaves a legacy at Communities Unlimited of leadership that never backed down from the challenges caused by deeply rooted biases and generations of inequitable access to opportunity. His gift was the ability to lead with creativity, humor and a direct way of cutting straight through to the single critical point – with both intensity and kindness.  He gave of his personal time to work alongside us as the fulcrum for necessary change – leveraging significant investment in many entrepreneurs that will live on for generations to come in strong sustainable small businesses.

We miss him. If you would like to make a donation in his memory you may do so here.

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