United States Department of Agriculture - Rural Development

United States Department of Agriculture - Rural Development

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.

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The UERPC January 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Thurs, January 16, 2020

The UERPC January 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/e3fa154e87f2/uerpc-january-2020-newsletter-3133317

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Announces State Housing Trust Fund Award
  • Call for Applications - Multimodal Transportation Grants
  • Decorah Low Rent Housing Agency Merger with Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority
  • Getting Rural America Back on Its Feet
  • Did You Know? WIOA Title I On the Job Training
  • Census Workers Needed
  • Happy Retirement, Sue!
  • Warm Welcome to Baby Bril!
  • UERPC's Rachelle Howe Named ICOG Chair
  • "Free Friday Morning Open Gym" Scheduled for February and March in Decorah
  • REMINDER: Beat the Blues Winter "Marathon" Challenge Ends February 12th
  • Request for Exhibitors: Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival
  • Tiny Northeast Iowa Town Experiencing Baby Boom
  • January 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Drink More Water
  • Let's Make 2020 'The Year of Change'
  • PLEASE NOTE:  UERPC Offices (except IowaWORKS) will be closed on Monday, February 17th to honor President's Day

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NEIRHTF Announces State Housing Trust Fund Dollars

Posted: Wed, January 15, 2020

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.

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UERPC Accepting Bids For Upper Roofing and Sidewall Project

Posted: Mon, December 30, 2019

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 rhowe@uerpc.org) for more details regarding the project. Bids can be mailed to UERPC (attn: Rachelle Howe, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101), emailed to rhowe@uerpc.org or faxed to 563-864-7535.no later than 4:30 pm on 1/24/20.

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Elma Owner Occupied Housing Program Accepting Application Starting January 2, 2020

Posted: Tue, December 17, 2019

The City of Elma was awarded grant funds to assist six homeowners with rehabilitating their homes. Applications will be accepted for the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation program starting January 2, 2020. The application period is open from January 2, 2020 through January 31, 2020.  All applications postmarked between these dates will be considered. To learn more, contact Sarah Snitker at 563-864-7551 ext. 1101.

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