Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

2018 Rural Development Fund Grants

Grants to Michigan Organizations, For-Profits, Agencies,
IHEs, and Individuals to Develop Rural Economies

Agency Type:


Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)

Deadline Date:

01/16/18 3:00 PM EST


Request a Grant Writer

Grants to Michigan organizations, businesses, local government agencies, tribes, educational institutions, and individuals to strengthen the economies of rural communities. This program supports the development of infrastructure serving rural communities as well as the sustainability of land-based industries.

Land-based industries included:
-Food and Agriculture
-Oil and Gas Production

Funding will be focused on the following types of projects in Rural Areas:
-Infrastructure Development
-Business Development
-Rural Capacity Building
-Talent Development and Training

Eligible Rural Communities & Micropolitan Statistical Areas:

Note: Per the Rural Development Fund Act criteria, preference must be given to projects in the region in which revenues are generated in Marquette County.

Projects in the following counties are eligible rural (60,000 population or less), or Micropolitan statistical areas:, Alcona, Alger, Allegan, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Baraga, Barry, Benzie, Branch, Cass, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Emmet, Gladwin, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Houghton, Huron, Ionia, Iosco, Iron, Isabella, Kalkaska, Keweenaw, Lake, Leelanau, Lenawee, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, Menominee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Ontonagon, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Saint Joseph, Sanilac, Schoolcraft, Shiawassee, Tuscola, and Wexford.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180361

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum limit on grant fund requests is $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Grantees will be eligible for reimbursement up to three (3) times, at specified dates, during the 24-month grant cycle.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Local Units of Government (county, city, township, village, school district; any 
authority composed of counties, cities, townships, villages and school districts or 
combination of these entities)
-Federally Recognized Tribes
-Educational Institutions

Ineligible Projects:

-Projects or applicants in the following counties are not eligible for grant funding: Bay, Berrien, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Midland, Monroe, Montcalm, Muskegon, Oakland, Ottawa, Saginaw, Saint Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw, and Wayne.

-State agencies are not eligible for grant funding.

-Projects that include telecommunications facilities owned or operated by an educational institution or an affiliate, a local unit of government or any other government entity.

-The construction of telecommunication facilities or wireless telecommunication facilities in areas where broadband services of at least three mbps downstream and 768 kbps upstream are available.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must provide a minimum 30% cash match. In-kind match will be considered as part of the review criteria but will not count towards minimum match requirements.

All applicants must be registered as a vendor in the SIGMA Vendor Self-Service system with the State of Michigan prior to submitting an application. Registration can be completed here:,4538,7-157-79033---,00.html

Proposals must be received via email no later than 3:00 PM (EST) on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

-Release Request for Proposals: November 1, 2017
-Proposals Due: January 16, 2018
-JEC Receives Proposals for Scoring: January 23, 2018
-JEC Meeting: February 20, 2018
-Announce Award Funding: March 2018

Press Release:,4610,7-125-1572_3628-451315--,00.html

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Program Contact:

Heather Throne, Outreach Specialist
Agriculture Development Division

All communications and inquiries concerning this RFP should be sent via e-mail to:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Eligible rural communities