DO YOUR HAVE A PROJECT THAT YOU CAN'T SEEM TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO FUND?
Instead of attending a seminar to listen to federal, state and private sector funding representatives provide detailed information on their program guidelines – we are reversing the process. A panel of funding representatives will convene to listen to YOU provide information to THEM on your specific project.
The Rural Reverse Funding Fair is a unique approach to connect community economic development projects with government and private sector funding and technical assistance.
• Selected organizations will present a 10-15 minute project overview, including funding requirements. This will be followed by a 15 minute Q & A session between panel members and presenter.
• The panel will discuss options to coordinate their programs and services to potentially fund the project through loans and/or grants; and will provide comments, recommendations and suggested actions to the presenter.
• Due to time constraints, the number of project presentations is limited and applications must be submitted. Those demonstrating the greatest value/effect in terms of economic development strategies, regional impacts, and “funding-readiness” will be selected to present. Guidelines will be provided to help ensure all presentations contain essential information. Presenters will be given the option to open or close their session to others and are welcome to attend other, open sessions.
• No funding decisions or approvals will be made at this meeting. Contact information and notes will be provided to the presenters to facilitate follow-up after the meeting.
If you would like more information about what is a Rural Reverse Funding Fair is
Applications are DUE APRIL 11th!
Examples of some of the projects that have been presented at past events:
- Infrastructure projects (streets, roads, water and sewer)
- Downtown city renovation
- Farmers markets
- Community economic development projects
- Health and safety projects (hospitals, fire and police)
- Museums and libraries
- Airport projects
- Recreational projects (ball fields, walking paths, etc.)
Some of the agencies and organizations that have participated to date:
- Illinois Department of Agriculture
- Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
- Illinois Department of Employment Security
- Illinois Department of Natural Resources
- Illinois Department of Transportation
- Illinois Department of Treasury
- Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
- Illinois Finance Authority
- Illinois Housing and Development Authority
- Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs of Western Illinois University
- Champion Community Investments / IRP / CDFI
- Local Community Foundations
- US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service
- US Department of Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Service
- US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
- US Department of Education
- US Department of Housing and Urban Development
- US Department of Interior, US Geological Survey
- US Department of Labor
- US Economic Development Administration
- US National Endowment for the Arts
- US Small Business Administration
You will be responsible to submit your own application, GWRPC is helping to select the presenters and cannot submit applications on your behalf.