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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 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 for more information about Rural Development Fund grants and to review the 2021 guidelines. Please submit all public comments to 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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