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[March 27, 2012]
CHAMPAIGN -- USDA announced that it is
seeking applications from organizations for grants to help
communities support business and community development.
"This program helps organizations arm rural communities with the
skills, access to information and strategies they can use to fortify
their futures," said Colleen Callahan, USDA Rural Development state
director. "Our goal is to help local leaders design and implement
their plans to help their communities and economies grow."
federal program provides resources to foster regional innovation,
create sustainable jobs and help ensure long-term prosperity to
speed up job creation and new business startups and expansions.
USDA Rural Development plans to award
up to $8.6 million through the Rural Community Development
Initiative program. Applications are sought for projects that:
completion of pre-development requirements -- such as
architectural and engineering plans.
organizations improve their board operations, management and
knowledge of financial and information technology systems.
Provide homeownership education or
training for entrepreneurs.
Part of the Rural Community Development Initiative funds to be
awarded may be used for projects associated with the Rural Jobs and
Innovation Accelerator Challenge, which was announced on March 8.
This initiative was designed by the Taskforce for the Advancement of
Regional Innovation Clusters and the White House Rural Council.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack chairs the council. The Jobs
Accelerator is being funded by USDA, the U.S. Department of
Commerce's Economic Development Administration, the Delta Regional
Authority and the Appalachian Regional Commission.
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The deadline for submitting RCDI applications is May 9.
Applications from Illinois organizations must be submitted to the
USDA Rural Development state office in Champaign. For information on
application requirements, see the March 21 Federal Register. For
additional information, contact Karen Lee at
The deadline to apply for RCDI funding for Rural Jobs and
Innovation Accelerator projects is May 9. For more information on
how to apply, visit Grants.gov.
Applications for Jobs Accelerator projects must be submitted to both
USDA and the Economic Development Administration.
Rural Development has more than 40 programs that foster growth
and economic stability in rural areas by providing affordable
financing and technical assistance, and manages a loan portfolio of
more than $3.5 billion in Illinois. Support is available for
regional food systems, broadband and biofuel infrastructure,
homeownership, business development, and community needs. More
information on USDA Rural Development programs is available at
[Text from file received from
USDA Rural Development,