MDARD announces public input opportunity for 2022 Rural Development Fund grants guidelines

For immediate release: June 2, 2021
Media contact: Jessy Sielski, 517-331-1151
Program contact: Heather Throne, 517-712-0841

LANSING, MI - The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development today announced a public input opportunity for the Rural Development Fund Grants Program. To ensure effective program priorities, MDARD is asking that public comments be emailed to MDA-Grants@Michigan.gov by Friday, July 2, 2021.

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 Michigan.gov/MDARDGrants for more information about Rural Development Fund grants and to review the 2021 guidelines. Please submit all public comments to MDA-Grants@Michigan.gov 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.

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