Funding Opportunity: Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge

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Four federal agencies are offering $15 million in funding to spur economic growth in rural areas. The approximately 20 regions to receive funding will also be eligible for technical assistance resources from an additional nine agencies. From the U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement:

Funds awarded to the winning applicants can be used to support and accelerate a range of projects including improving rural communities’ capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or economic and community development along with creation of regional linkages that connect communities with innovation clusters and regional opportunities leading to job creation, expanded markets, and economic growth.

Interested applicants are invited to attend an informational webinar on March 20, 2012 at 3:00PM ET.

Applications are due by May 9, 2012. Find more information here.