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Rural Readiness Grant Program

Rural Readiness Grant Program

The Office of Rural Development Rural Readiness Grant Program (RRGP) provides rural communities (via tax-exempt organizations) with up to $50,000 to support collaborative planning and capacity initiatives. These competitive, reimbursement grants support and invest in underserved areas and populations by providing reimbursement grant funding for capacity building activities, development readiness initiatives, partnership and plan formation, and cross sector collaboration.  Contact Matt Wiitala, Capacity and Grants Specialist with any questions at 

RRGP Key Dates

Proposal release: Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Webinar: Friday, April 21, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. EST 

Letter of Intent due: Thursday, May 25, 2023, 3 p.m. EST

Invitation to apply issued / Applications made available:  Week of June 12, 2023

Full applications due:   Thursday, August 3, 2023, 3 p.m. EST

Rural Readiness Grant Program (RRGP) Webinar Recording Video

Rural Readiness Grant Program (RRGP) Webinar Recording

If you were unable to attend the Rural Readiness Grant Program Webinar on Friday, April 21st, or would like to know more about the RRGP, the MDARD Office of Rural Development recorded the webinar. In addition to the RRGP overview, the recording includes the full question and answer period that followed.