• Rural Resource Rally | Connecting projects with funding


    We’re partnering with US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and excited about taking a fresh approach to connecting community economic development projects with funding sources.

    We invite you to participate in the process! 

    The Rural Resource Rally will be held Wednesday, October 12 in Quincy, IL to help project developers and funding agencies connect with each other.

    At this event, a limited number of public or non-profit organizations will be given the opportunity to “Pitch” their projects directly to representatives of federal and state agencies, in order help identify available funding. Each presenter will give a brief overview of their project, followed by a short session of questions and clarification with the funding agencies.

    Agencies with potential funding and the project presenter will be able to exchange contact information and brief notes for later follow-up, additional exchange of details and hopefully, applications.

    Due to time constraints, the number of presenters is limited. Please click the link below to see the attached document to learn more about whether this opportunity could benefit you, and how to apply. Application is due Friday, September 30; selected project contacts will be notified by Friday, October 7 and provided with additional information.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Click to Apply: Rural Resource Rally | Project Submission Form

    Project Prioritization Timeline
    Friday, September 30: Project submissions due by 5pm
    Friday, October 7: Notified to present by this date
    Wednesday, October 12: Top scoring projects will be invited to present their project to the Rural Resource Rally Team of funding agencies
    Wednesday, November 1: Final projects for funding matches and consideration will be announced

    Funding Agencies (subject to change)

    Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
    Department of Education
    Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Department of Labor
    Economic Development Administration
    Environmental Protection Agency
    IL Community Foundation Association
    IL Department of Agriculture
    IL Department of Transportation
    IL Environmental Protection Agency
    IL Finance Authority
    IL Housing Development Authority
    IL Institute for Rural Affairs
    IL Regional Council
    Small Business Administration
    USDA, Rural Development
    Western IL Economic Development Association