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Center for Rural Affairs

The Center for Rural Affairs is an advocate for health care, clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and community development in rural areas. Also offers technical assistance, financing programs, and other resources to rural communities.

Geography:United States
Resource Type:organization, technical assistance, resource guide, funding resource
Subtopic:community & capacity development, agriculture & food systems, entrepreneurship & small business, health & health care, Community Building, Issues & Opportunities, Business & Economy, Recreation & Health,
Tags:health, health care, clean energy, agriculture, sustainable agriculture, small business, community development, food systems, small business support, small business financing, financing, rural communities, entrepreneurs

The Environmental Law & Policy Center maintains this website that tracks news and incentives to further clean energy and rural economic development.

Geography:United States
Resource Type:technical assistance, funding resource
Subtopic:energy, economic development, Issues & Opportunities, Business & Economy,
Tags:clean energy, energy, economic development, incentive

INL's Tech-based Economic Development Grants

Battelle Energy Alliance corporate funds provide grants for projects aimed at spurring technology-based economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation in the region. Priority is given to projects that focus on connecting industry partners, universities, start-ups and economic development organizations that drive job growth. Projects that complement the mission areas of the lab in nuclear energy, clean energy and national and homeland security are strongly encouraged.

INL works through existing groups to establish a strong climate for tech-based economic development. Available funds are leveraged by challenging other groups to match contributions for the start of tech-based projects. Examples of INL’s efforts include:

• Helping start-up companies develop business plans, providing strategic planning training, and offering highly-specialized technical assistance.
• Working with economic and technology development organizations to identify opportunities and resources.
• Providing services to tech-based incubators and science & technology parks.

Grant Request: INL’s Technology Based Economic Development donation process is conducted on an annual basis. Grant requests for fiscal year 2018 closed on October 15, 2017. You can now request a Technology Based Economic Development grant for fiscal year 2019 (Oct 1, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2019). Submission deadline is Oct. 15, 2018. Please note that the fillable PDF application file must be opened in Adobe Acrobat.

See below for examples of prior year grant awards. 

Geography:United States
Resource Type:technical assistance
Subtopic:business assistance, economic development, entrepreneurship & small business,
Tags:technical assistance; technology development; job creation

Western Rural Development Center (WRDC)

The Western Rural Development Center (WRDC) is a regional catalyst for capacity building in the West. The Center collaborates with its public and private sector partners to promote excellence in research, education and Extension for the prosperity of western rural communities. The WRDC provides programs ranging from community development extension training, renewable energy & sustainability training, wildfire preparation, and small business workshops.

Geography:Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Resource Type:information source, training, technical assistance, educational resource
Subtopic:community & capacity development, energy, economic development, Community Building, Issues & Opportunities, Business & Economy,
Tags:community building, educational support, community development, renewable energy, small business support, training opportunities, fire