The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recently announced a public input opportunity for the Rural Development Fund Grants Program.
The grant funds, established by Public Act 411 of 2012, are intended to promote the sustainability of land-based industries (food and agriculture; forestry; mining, oil and gas production; and tourism). Currently established priorities include infrastructure development, workforce training, business development, and rural capacity building that benefits rural communities.
Eligible counties include those with a population no greater than 60,000 residents or micropolitan statistical areas. Preference is given to projects in Marquette County.
All interested parties may visit www.michigan.gov/mdardgrants for more information about Rural Development Fund grants and to review the 2021 guidelines.
MDARD asks that all public comments be made to [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 2, 2021, with the subject line “Rural Development Public Comment.” The input received will be considered when developing final grant guidelines for 2022.