Providing resources for communities and entrepreneurs to create and retain jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix & Cheboygan Counties.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Grant

A MDARD Rural Development Grant is available and NLEA staff has reviewed and researched grant parameters easily laying them out for interested companies here. Application deadline is 11/19/20.
Funding will be focused on the following types of projects in rural areas:
  • Infrastructure Development – i.e.- roadways, bridges, renewable energy, wastewater, rural housing, etc.
  • Rural Capacity Building – i.e.- museums, local and regional tourism campaigns, feasibility studies, etc.
  • Business Development – i.e.- business expansion ensuring long-term creation or retention of jobs with a strong local and/or regional impact. This year, a focus on livestock processing are encouraged.
  • Talent Development and Training – i.e.- local and regional workforce development programs, workforce training, rural housing projects, etc.
The maximum limit on grant fund requests is $100,000. Applicants must provide a minimum 30% match.
Food and Agriculture / Forestry / Mining / Oil and Gas Production / Tourism
Grant guidelines, program information, and project review criteria can be found by clicking here.

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