Federal Register: Funding Opportunity

IRPT Public Port Members in Rural Communities:

Have you been in a situation where you were trying to attract a new lease tenant to your public port, but the potential tenant did not find the rural community to have the qualified workforce needed to call your port home?

In cases as such, it can be difficult to attract new business. But what if there was an opportunity to grow your rural community population to aid in future economic development activities?

You may find the below notice of funding opportunity beneficial…


May 27, 2021: Federal Register (full link below)

The Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development (RD) is seeking applications for the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) from eligible entities to provide technical assistance and training to rural communities for placemaking planning and implementation. This funding opportunity will be administered by the USDA Rural Development Innovation Center and is authorized by the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2021, to provide up to $3 million in competitive cooperative agreement funds. This announcement lists the information needed to submit an application.

Applications for RPIC cooperative agreement(s) must be received by 11:59 p.m. on July 26, 2021.

The Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge is a technical assistance and planning process for qualified entities to support rural community leaders to create places where people want to live, work, and play. This initiative is to provide planning support, technical assistance, and training to communities to foster placemaking activities in rural communities. Funds can help enhance capacity for broadband access, preserve cultural and historic structures, and support the development of transportation, housing, and recreational spaces. Applicants must demonstrate existing and proposed partnerships with public, private, philanthropic, and community partners to provide assistance. This funding announcement supports the delivery of technical assistance and training in visioning, planning, and assisting communities to implement placemaking efforts in rural communities under the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC).