A competitive grant program is being offered through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure benefiting rural communities in Michigan.
The Rural Development Fund grants are available for projects addressing expansion and sustainability of land-based industries; worker training related to land-based industries; and energy, transportation, housing, communications, water and wastewater infrastructure to benefit rural communities and micropolitan statistical areas.
Land-based industries include food and agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas production, and tourism. Eligible counties include those with a population of no more than 60,000 residents or micropolitan statistical areas. For a complete list of eligible counties, visit michigan.gov/mdardgrants.
The proposals will be evaluated through a competitive process. The maximum limit on project grant fund requests is $100,000. The total allotment of funding for the current year is about $1.4 million. All proposals require at least a 30% cash match. Applicants for grant funds will be asked to describe how the project will affect and produce measurable outcomes for rural communities.
Those interested in applying for the grant program should visit michigan.gov/mdardgrants to view the application and program guidelines.
Any additional communications concerning this request for proposal should be sent to email@example.com. Proposals must be received at the email above no later than 3 p.m. Oct. 29.