The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Office of Rural Development (ORD) is awarding 21 grants totaling more than $1 million through its Rural Readiness Grant Program to support pre-development activities to expedite housing production, infrastructure improvements, and bolster rural economies.
“These grants represent a critical step forward in addressing the significant housing, infrastructure, and other challenges facing our rural communities,” said MDARD Director Tim Boring. “With Governor Whitmer’s continued budget investments and MSHDA’s partnership, MDARD and ORD can expand our reach even further as Michigan makes ongoing progress with high-speed internet infrastructure, affordable housing, and wastewater capacity expansion. ORD is the state’s leading voice in rural development and these investments are another step in building the long-term vitality of those local economies.”
The following communities in our region were awarded grants:
Village of Mackinaw City - (Emmet and Cheboygan Counties) - $37,800 to prepare and package village-owned parcels for housing redevelopment.
City of Petoskey - (Emmet County) - $50,000 for a multi-jurisdictional water and wastewater infrastructure expansion assessment.
Congratulations to our local communities that were
awarded as part of this initiative!