Monday, April 16, 2012

Rural Job Accelerator - Partner with Your Local RC&D Council

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Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Program

The purpose of the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator challenge is to spur job creation and economic growth in distressed rural communities. This $15 million multi-agency competition is being funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

The Rural Jobs Accelerator Challenge is expected to give out approximately 20 awards, depending on the number of eligible applications. To be eligible for an award, projects must benefit rural communities, but the applicant is not required to be located in a rural area. Nonprofits, higher education institutions, tribes and state and local governments can collaborate to apply for funding. Although businesses are not eligible to apply directly, applicants can also partner with the private sector on implementation.

Click here for more information about this funding opportunity, information and tools for prospective applicants.

We have a website with information about this challenge which includes a recorded webinar, questions and answers, and tools and resources that can assist applicants in developing their proposals.  The website is

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