**Approaching deadline** Community planning assistance opportunities for rural communities

| October 31, 2016

The EPA recently announced three opportunities specifically designed for planning assistance in rural communities.

The assistance programs are designed to help rural communities develop strategies that help grow the economy and revitalize downtown neighborhoods. Communities may apply for assistance through the following programs:
  • Local Foods, Local Places, which helps communities leverage local food enterprise to diversify their economy and renew their downtowns

  • Cool & Connected, which helps communities use broadband service to create walkable, connected, economically successful neighborhoods

  • Healthy Places for Healthy People, a new program that will help communities partner with healthcare facilities to catalyze downtown revitalization and to improve options for healthy living and economic opportunity

Letters of interest for all 3 programs are due by November 6. Visit the EPA website for more information and to submit an application.

Working with federal partners, EPA will select thirty or more communities for assistance through a competitive process. Communities selected will work with an EPA-supported team of experts, including through a two-day workshop, to develop strategies and action plans that enable them to realize their local revitalization goals.

This opportunity is available to any community participant, chamber of commerce, nonprofit, for profit business, or organization that is interested in applying for their community.

It was advised to articulate in the letter of interest the partners who will be involved in the project. For example, what elected officials, local government, public officials, and other stakeholders will be involved, if selected. Ultimately, state who would be apart of your community’s planning workshop.

This is an excellent opportunity to receive assistance and showcase your rural community with help from dedicated consultants from the EPA. Arizona rural communities have a lot of potential moving forward with this opportunity, so get your applications in by November 6th!

Feel free to contact Maya Azzi, Local First Arizona Foundation’s rural program coordinator, for any other questions or comments regarding your application, at mazzi@localfirstaz.com or at 434-981-1021.

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