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Resources for Rural Communities

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Rural Expansion Toolkit and Other Resources

Enterprise Florida, Inc. is your one-stop shop for accessing resources to enhance your community’s economic development strategy.

Looking to craft a strategic plan for economic development in your rural community – but don’t know where to start? Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) has you covered. EFI’s Rural Expansion Toolkit includes grant opportunities for marketing and training, consulting services and site preparedness in Florida’s rural communities. Applications will be accepted from local or regional economic development or community partners located within a rural community – as identified in Florida Statute 288.0656(e) – who can demonstrate a pathway to site readiness. EFI also offers International Trade & Development Grants as well as MaSBEC Grants. Learn more about the Rural Expansion Toolkit as well as other local, state and national economic development resources below.

Marketing and Training

Marketing and Training

The Rural Marketing & Training Grant Program was established to support rural communities’ efforts to market their counties and provide additional training, technical, marketing, and lead generation opportunities to their employees, elected officials, and board members. Grant funds may also be used for attendance at any approved economic development-related conference or forum including reimbursement for participation in Rural Week in Tallahassee in March 2021. Grants within this program are eligible for reimbursement up to $5,000 for activities completed between July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. Click here to learn more about the program, and click here to apply. The application deadline is May 15, 2021.

Consulting Services

Consulting Services

Communities may apply for reimbursement for consulting services to enhance economic development efforts within their community. These efforts may include contracting with a consultant to conduct a SWAT analysis; develop an RFI response template; develop a strategic plan; seek Opportunity Zone consulting; receive site evaluation services, or access other eligible consulting services. Grants within this program are eligible for reimbursement up to $5,000 for activities completed between July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. Click here to learn more about the program, and click here to apply. The application deadline is May 15, 2021.

Site Preparedness

Site Preparedness

To gain a competitive advantage when it comes to business attraction and expansion projects, EFI assists Florida’s rural communities with the development and enhancement of sites to make them build-ready and competitive for site selection projects. Grant funds may be available for, but are not limited to, the following types of activities: matching funds for federal grants; renovation of existing building or demolition of old buildings (county or city-owned); stormwater project for potential commercial sites; phase one environmental study; gas line extension; water and sewer construction or upgrade; access road construction (including engineering or architecture costs); or other approved infrastructure costs. Grants within this program are eligible for reimbursement up to $25,000 with a 24-month term beginning upon the execution of the grant contract. Click here to learn more about the program.

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