The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is seeking public input for the Rural Development Fund Grants Program.
To ensure effective program priorities, MDARD is requesting that the public email comments to email@example.com by July 2.
The grant funds, established by Public Act 411 of 2012, are aimed to promote the sustainability of land-based industries (food and agriculture; forestry; mining, oil and gas production; and tourism). Established priorities include infrastructure development, workforce training, business development and rural capacity building that benefits rural communities.
Eligible counties include those with a population no greater than 60,000 residents or micropolitan statistical areas. Preference is given to projects in Marquette County.
All interested parties may visit michigan.gov/mdardgrants for more information about Rural Development Fund grants and to review the 2020 guidelines. Submit all public comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. July 2, with the subject line “2020 Rural Development Public Comment.” The input received will be considered when developing final grant guidelines for 2021.