USDA assists regions in creating self-sustaining, long-term economic development in rural areas through visioning and strategic planning. They provides communities seeking information on USDA Rural Development and other federal community and economic development programs. USDA promotes partnerships at the local and state levels to assist communities in advancing their strategic or economic development plans.They also promote coordinated planning among Rural Development programs to address specific projects in a community or regional strategic plan. USDA grant programs include:
Community Facilities - To fund the development of essential community facilities for public use in rural areas and may include hospitals, fire protection, safety, as well as many other community-based initiatives
Rural Business Development Grants - The RBDG program is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million in gross revenue. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.
Contact Rachelle Howe for more information on USDA grant opportunities.
Applications for Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (Iowa’s TAP) and Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds are now available for the UERPC region. These programs support diverse transportation projects within our region, from streets and bridges to sidewalks and transit. The current applicaiton cycle is for funding in federal fiscal year 2024.
Eligible applicants include all public agencies and local governments within the RPA-1 region that have jurisdiction over public rights-of-way for transportation (including walking and bicycling facilities); public transportation agencies; and agencies with transportation planning responsibilities. RPA-1 includes the Counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek and public agencies and local governments with jurisdictions therein. For more information, contact Aaron Detter at 563-382-6171, ext. 1203 or email@example.com.
Application are due February 28, 2020 and can be found on the UERPC website.
The UERPC January 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/e3fa154e87f2/uerpc-january-2020-newsletter-3133317
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The Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) is excited to announce they were awarded State Housing Trust Fund dollars of $229,763. State Housing Trust Fund dollars are partnered together with local match to assist limited income households in our five-county region of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek.
Applications are available for first-time homebuyers, homeowners, landlord/for-profit organizations or non-profit organizations to promote and create affordable housing activities. Funding availability can go up to $10,000 in the form of a grant or low-interest rate loan. For an application or more information on the NEIRHTF program, please contact Sarah at 563-864-7551, ext. 1101. Applications are also available in our housing section on our website, http://uerpc.org/housing-trust-fund.html.
Upper Explorerland RPC is accepting bids for upper roofing and sidewall project.
Please submit a bid to include the upper roofing project and sidewall project at the Decorah UERPC office, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA. Contractors are required to maintain personal liability insurance with no less than $500,000 coverage. Please contact Rachelle Howe (563-382-6171 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details regarding the project. Bids can be mailed to UERPC (attn: Rachelle Howe, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101), emailed to email@example.com or faxed to 563-864-7535.no later than 4:30 pm on 1/24/20.