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Rural Idaho Economic Development Professional Program Grant Application Period

Thursday, April 6, 2017  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Idaho Commerce is seeking applications for participation in its Rural Idaho Economic Development Professional (RIEDP) Program for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017. Applications are due by May 9, 2017.

Created in 2001, RIEDP grants provide financial assistance to countywide or multi-county economic development organizations in Idaho’s rural counties. Currently, 30 of Idaho’s 44 counties are using the RIEDP grant program with the help of rural economic development programs.

“This grant program provides critical assistance to fuel growth at the local level in some of Idaho’s more rural areas that stand to benefit most,” said Megan Ronk, director of Idaho Commerce. “It also gives rural communities with smaller populations an opportunity to team up and partner with neighboring communities with larger populations to raise more cash match and be more competitive in the process.”

The maximum amount of state funding that may be requested by each applicant is $32,000. Applicants are required to provide a minimum of $16,000 in cash matching funds. Extra consideration will be given to applicants requesting less than $32,000 and/or providing matching funds in excess of $15,000. Allowable costs are limited to salary and benefits, and funds may not be used for administration, travel, or other program expenses.

Eligible applicants must be an Idaho county, or group of Idaho counties and cities joining together to submit a single application, and each participating county’s population must be less than 50,000. Counties with populations in excess of 50,000 may apply, provided other conditions specified in the application have been met.

For more information about the Rural Idaho Economic Development Professional Program, please contact Jake Reynolds at 208.334.2470 or jake.reynolds@commerce.idaho.gov

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