The Center for Rural Outreach and Public Services, Inc. (CROPS) creates a customized array of services to meet your organization’s unique needs. Most clients begin with a Strategic Planning Session or comprehensive Needs Assessment to prioritize needs, but every organization is different and our team of consulting experts can adapt to suite your requirements. The types of clients we serve are:

City, County and State Governments

Colleges and Universities

Councils of Governments

Faith Based Organizations

K-12 Public and Private Schools

Native American Tribes
Native Hawaiian Organizations

Healthcare Organizations 

Nonprofit Organizations

Regional Planning Commissions

State and National Associations

Federal Government Agencies






What makes CROPS different than most consulting agencies is that we have a team of grant writing professionals that help design projects to align with current funding opportunities by state and federal grants as well as corporate and private foundation funding. Over 50% of our Board is comprised of professional grant writers that have generated more than $150 million for our clients. A partial list of services we offer is below.

Capacity Building Services

Capacity Building Services such as fund development, leadership development, program development, sustainability planning, communications and marketing. Green Infrastructure Consulting for trail system support and development, blight transformation, Brownfield remediation, stormwater management, sustainable government, and renewable energy.  Grant Writing Services  that include proposal development, grant writing training, online webinars, and consulting service to design projects, administer grants, serve as fiscal sponsor, facilitate programs, or manage projects. Local Economic Development such as strategic planning, placemaking, business development, social enterprise. Community Health/Quality of Life consulting services around land use, policy, active transportation, job skills, community health networks, health impact assessments.

In addition to these custom solutions, CROPS also offers four signature turnkey Programs:

Growing Rural – youth led rural development
Growing SMART – Growing Sustainable Metropolitan Areas and Rural Towns
Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation – college student grant training and nonprofit internship
Teen Grant Writing –grant writing for middle school and high school students aligned to common core