Rural Land Bank Learning Exchange

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As of 2024, there are over 300 urban, suburban, and rural land banks across the United States helping communities tackle the growing problem of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. 

Rural land banks make up a core part of the land banking field. According to the latest National Land Bank Network (NLBN) State of Land Banking survey, over 30 percent of respondents identify their geography as rural or part rural. In addition, almost 25 percent of properties in land bank inventories nationwide are in rural areas. Rural land banks also face a unique set of challenges, including lack of sufficient funding, capacity, and infrastructure, as those resources are often directed to more densely populated metropolitan areas.  

As the only national organization committed to the advancement and support of land banks and land banking, NLBN is committed to supporting organizations of all geographies. To support rural land banks, NLBN is excited to announce the Rural Land Bank Learning Exchange. The learning exchange is an opportunity for rural land bank leaders and partners to connect and learn about the challenges and opportunities specific to addressing vacancy in their communities. 

The application period for the Rural Land Bank Learning Exchange has passed.

About the Learning Exchange

During the learning exchange, rural land bank leaders and their partners will learn from field experts and each other through a virtual session and in-person site visit. The learning exchange is designed to build stronger relationships among the participating land banks, inspire and workshop equitable and effective solutions, and provide ongoing support from national experts. The content and structure of the learning exchange will be customized to selected participants.  

Learning Exchange Schedule



February 20, 2024 Rural Land Bank Learning Exchange RFA released.
February 28, 2024 Informational webinar at 12 PM ET.
March 20, 2024 Applications due by 5 PM ET.
April 8, 2024 All applicants notified.
April 16, 2024 Rural Lank Bank Learning Exchange cohort announced.
May 14, 2024 Kick-off call with participants.
Summer 2024 Learning Exchange (2.5 days, dates/location TBD).
Summer/Fall 2024 Virtual Session (date/time TBD).
October 9-11, 2024 2024 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
Onsite Participant Gathering.
December 4, 2024 Wrap-up call with participants.


Frequently Asked Questions

Additional questions? Please attend our informational webinar or email Christina Carter-Grant, Associate Director of the National Land Bank Network, at [email protected].