How is the RULE Program Funded?

Funding for the program is derived from private and public support. The majority of program costs have previously been provided by an appropriation from the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development (Governor’s Center for Local Government Services) under Act 65 of 1992 - the Rural Leadership Training Act.

Each RULE fellow is asked to make an annual contribution towards a personal investment in their leadership education. A cash contribution of $2,000 per year or 8.3% of the fellowship value, is required; limited scholarships are available. Additionally, RULE fellows are responsible for their own transportation costs to and from meeting sites, meals en route, some meals during study institutes, and a firm two-year time commitment.

The Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences provides a strong base of support for the Pennsylvania Rural Leadership Program as its on-site home. It has supplied faculty, staff, and in-kind support since RULE’s inception.