USDA Announces Funding Opportunity under the Rural Economic Development Initiative
The Department of Agriculture is seeking applications to support regional economic development planning efforts in rural communities under the Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI) initiative.
The Department has identified the availability of $750,000 in competitive cooperative agreement funds in fiscal year (FY) 2018.
The Department encourages applications that will support recommendations made in the Rural Prosperity Task Force report to help improve life in rural America (www.usda.gov/ruralprosperity). Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships, and innovation. Key strategies include:
- Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America.
- Developing the Rural Economy.
- Harnessing Technological Innovation.
- Supporting a Rural Workforce.
- Improving Quality of Life.
Applicant Eligibility: Federally-recognized Tribes, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, or private organizations with a demonstrated national structure and/or capacity to deliver and support multiple rural planning activities across the nation are eligible applicants.
The deadline for receipt of a complete application is midnight Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, September 5, via www.grants.gov.