Grants to Mississippi small municipalities, limited population counties, and natural gas districts for public building improvements and infrastructure. Funding is intended to promote growth and economic development in small communities across the state. Priority will be given to projects that promote private job creation and capital investment.
The mission of MDA is “To foster a strong state economy and vibrant communities through innovation, use of talent and resources to improve our citizens’ lives.” The intent of the program is to stimulate growth and economic development in small communities throughout the State. The selection process will provide priority consideration to those applications that directly relate to the agency mission of fostering a strong economy and vibrant communities. MDA will prioritize applications that promote private sector permanent, non-construction job creation and/or retention and promote private sector capital investment.
Eligible projects must be publicly owned and adhere to program selection priorities.
- Priority #1: Economic Development Improvements- Projects that lead to growth of the state and local economy through private capital investment, new and improved jobs, and trade for Mississippi made products and services. Examples: Industrial Park improvements, spec buildings, etc.
- Priority #2: Community Development Improvements- Projects that improve public infrastructure to indirectly benefit business and industry location and expansion in the local community. Examples: Main Street Infrastructure such as water, sewer, roads and sidewalks, Tourism assets, etc.
- Priority #3: Public Improvements- Projects that improve public infrastructure that enhance the quality of life for the local community. Examples: General water, sewer and road improvements.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
A small municipality, limited population county, or gas district must submit an application to MDA:
- Small Municipality - means a municipality in the State of Mississippi with a population of ten thousand (10,000) or less according to the most recent federal decennial census at the time the application is submitted. The term “small municipality” also includes a municipal historical hamlet as defined in Section 17-27-5 of the Mississippi Code of 1972.
- Limited Population County - means a county in the State of Mississippi with a population of thirty thousand (30,000) or less according to the most recent federal decennial census at the time the application is submitted.
- Natural Gas Districts - means districts created by law and meeting the same requirements as small municipalities.
- Census Designated Place (CDP’s) on the official list are not eligible.
SMLPC funds may not be used for working capital, general expenditures, which would normally be covered under a local sponsor’s general operation budget, ad valorem taxes, or for project related soft costs such as administrative, engineering, architectural, inspection, legal, etc.
2019 Applications will be due by July 15th, 2019 by 4:00 pm, MDA time.
Communities with a population of 3,500 or less will be required to have a minimum 10% match. Communities with a population greater than 3,500 will be required to have a minimum 20% match. This may be in the form of a loan, cash, or in-kind services. Documented project related soft costs such as administrative, engineering, architectural, inspection, legal, etc. are acceptable forms of matching funds.
All funded projects are required to enter the construction phase within 12 months of the award date.
Applications can be mailed to:
Mississippi Small Municipalities and Limited Population Counties Grant Program
Mississippi Development Authority
Community Services Division
Post Office Box 849
Jackson, MS 39205