Community Economic Development

Supporting small businesses and employing rural residents

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Updates to online grant application system

A better, simpler and easier grant application experience is coming soon. As we transition to the new platform, we have turned off our grant application system for a few weeks in October. We understand this transition may create some disruption and difficulties for you, and we are here to provide support along the way.

If you did not submit an application by now it has been lost, and it will need to be restarted when the new application system opens in late October.

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The Community Economic Development department supports rural communities as they take action to improve local conditions.

what we do

We provide grants and other supports to communities that define a plan of action for community betterment. This work complements the efforts of the Ford Institute for Community Building. We support the action steps that follow once communities have built their own capacity and commit to a community improvement agenda. We support projects, programs and organizations that seek to:

  • Increase the number of rural residents who are trained in ways that match current and projected rural labor force demand and are connected to employers.
  • Increase the number of sustainable businesses that are being created, expanded, and retained in rural communities.
  • Increase the capacity of statewide systems that support rural community economic development.

community economic development FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Community Building Spaces Capital Grants: OPEN 
Encourage civic participation, community collaboration and other ways of bringing residents together for the well-being of the community. Grants support the development of physical places that are open to the public and have multiple uses.
Typical Grant Range: $50,000 to $250,000.

Good Neighbor Grants: OPEN. 
Funds for unexpected needs/small projects
Typical Grant Range: $1,000 to $10,000. 

Technical Assistance Grants: OPEN
Funds for organizational capacity building  
Typical Grant Range: Up to $5,000 

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