Rural Jobs Accelerator Grant Program, Deadline May 9

This FFO announces the availability of funding for the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (Rural Jobs Accelerator). The goal of the Rural Jobs Accelerator is to promote opportunities for accelerated job creation and community and economic development in rural regions through regional collaboration in numerous high-potential industry clusters, including renewable energy, food production, rural tourism, natural resources, and advanced manufacturing. Many rural regions either possess, or can be linked with, assets fundamental to the growth of existing high-potential industry clusters. The Rural Jobs Accelerator provides resources to support the development of clusters and to assist distressed rural communities in accelerating job creation by leveraging local assets, building stronger economies, and creating regional linkages. Approximately 20 regions will be selected through a merit-based interagency grant process.

The Primary Funding Agencies expect to jointly award a maximum of $715,000 per project. Applicants are required to provide matching funds, and apply for funding from both of the Primary Funding Agencies. USDA will target investments to support technical assistance to develop rural communities’ capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or economic and community development. EDA will target investments to support projects that create regional linkages by connecting communities with innovation clusters and regional opportunities leading to job creation, expanded markets, and economic growth.
The Regional Funding Partners expect to offer additional funds to projects located in their respective regions. ARC’s maximum grant amount per project will be $100,000. ARC funds may be used for projects that address gaps in a community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and promote the growth and competitiveness of an identified industry cluster. DRA’s maximum grant amount per project will be $250,000. DRA funds may be used to provide technical assistance for business development and economic development planning in rural areas.

Through the use of these coordinated investments, Rural Jobs Accelerator activities will:
• Accelerate the creation of high-wage jobs;5
• Accelerate the formation of new businesses and growth of existing businesses;
• Identify and build assets in rural communities that are crucial to supporting regional economic ecosystems;
• Link rural communities to markets, networks, industry clusters, and other regional opportunities;
• Facilitate the repatriation of jobs back to the United States6;
• Support the deployment of innovative processes, technologies, and products;
• Enhance the capacity of small businesses in regional innovation clusters, including small and disadvantaged businesses7;
• Increase U.S. exports and business interaction with international buyers and suppliers;
• Develop the skills and expertise of local workforces, entrepreneurs, and institutional partners to support growing clusters; and
• Ensure rural economies are supported by efficiently planned housing and community development.

For prospective applicants, EDA and USDA will hold an information teleconference on March 20, 2012.

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 9, 2012. Contact us for more information!

Rural Jobs Accelerator Grant Program, Deadline May 9

Community Connect Grant Program, Deadline May 3

The Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program) is designed to provide financial assistance to furnish broadband service in rural, economically-challenged communities where such service does not currently exist.

Grant funds may be utilized to:

  1. deploy broadband transmission service to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses,
  2. construct, acquire, or expand a community center, and
  3. equip and operate a community center that provides free access to broadband services to community residents for at least two years.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to entities serving communities of up to 20,000 inhabitants to ensure rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of telecommunications service as are available in urban and suburban communities.
Funding Opportunity Number:     RDRUS-CC-2011
Current Closing Date for Applications:     May 03, 2011
Archive Date:     Jun 03, 2011
Funding Instrument Type:     Grant
Category of Funding Activity:     Community Development
Expected Number of Awards:     300
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $25,000,000
Award Ceiling:     $1,500,000
Award Floor:     $50,000
CFDA Number(s):     10.863  —  Community Connect Grant Program
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     Yes

Eligible Applicants

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Small businesses

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Community Connect Grant Program, Deadline May 3

Community Development Block Grants, Deadline June 1

STATE OF MICHIGAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT
THE MICHIGAN STRATEGIC FUND
AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

The program will provide funds to Michigan’s non-entitlement communities for Community Development Block Grant Recovery (CDBG-R) eligible projects that meet the national objective of benefiting low/mod income persons and other regulatory requirements.

Communities are invited to submit one (1) project that will have eligible job creation. Proposals may be submitted for a variety of projects which include: hard development costs associated with infrastructure activities that provide basic services to residents or activities that promote energy efficiency and conservation through rehabilitation or retrofitting of existing buildings.

Prohibited Projects
No consideration will be given to the following projects: swimming pools, golf courses, zoos, aquariums , casinos or other gambling establishments, buildings for general conduct of government, political activities, purchase of equipment and operating and maintenance expenses.

There are no federal requirements for a local cash match or other type of funding match. However, preference will be given for projects that rely on other sources of funding. Projects with a completion deadline in 2010 will be scored favorably. Projects with a start date after April 30, 2011, will not be scored.

Grants will only be made directly to the qualifying community.
Proposals are DUE by June 1, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. Late entries will not be accepted.

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Community Development Block Grants, Deadline June 1