Input wanted to improve competitive Rural Development Fund grants


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MICHIGAN — The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and the Rural Development Fund Board today announced an opportunity for the public to provide input to improve the competitive Rural Development Fund grants. 

MDARD is asking that public input be submitted by Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The input received will be considered when developing final program priorities for 2018.

The Rural Development Fund grants (Public Act 411 of 2012) aim to promote the sustainability of land-based industries (e.g., food and agriculture; forestry; mining, oil and gas production; and tourism), as well as support workforce training, rural capacity building, business development, and infrastructure that benefits rural communities. 

Eligible counties include those with a population no greater than 60,000 residents or micropolitan statistical areas. For a complete list of eligible counties or to view the 2017 grant application and program overview, visit []

To submit a comment regarding the Rural Development Fund grants, send an email to before 5:00 p.m. (EST) on July 12, 2017.

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