Rural Community Development Announcements

Congratulations to the Park Falls (WI) Area Community Development Corporation.  Last week USDA Rural Development announced that they will receive a $74,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant to establish a revolving loan fund to provide gap financing at low interest rates and flexible terms for small businesses wishing to expand, start-up or relocate in southern Ashland and Northern Price Counties. The project is expected to create at least nine new jobs.

While this funding opportunity is closed for now, the USDA Community Facilities program, which provides low interest loans, loan guarantees, and grant, accepts applications on an ongoing basis.  They’ll consider proposals for a variety of community facilities.  See my earlier post on this opportunity for more information or the link above.

US Bancorp Foundation awards grants in communities where they have a presence.  Under their Economic Development funding category, they will award grants “that support small business development and expansion, commercial revitalization, and job creation.”  There are a number of eligible communities in rural WI.  Application deadline is September 30.

The Land O’Lakes Foundation provides funding to rural communities to address and solve community problems, improve leadership skills in young people and promote artistic programs.  They accept proposals quarterly; the next deadline is November 1.

September 20 is the deadline to register for the WI Department of Commerce Main Street Revitalization Program.  This is really an exciting program; it provides technical assistance and training to rural communities on a long-term basis to promote the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional business districts.  In order to apply for assistance you must attend one of three application workshops around the state; register by September 20.  

Finally, I encourage you to consider enrolling in the UW Professional Development program’s online Introduction to Researching and Writing Grants course.  I’ve heard really good things about this.  You’ll have opportunities to interact with the instructor and fellow students from the comfort of your home, office, coffee house… wherever you get online.  Classes begin September 15, so register today or tomorrow!

September 13, 2010 · KJacobson · No Comments
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