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Rural Return Program

Supports creative programming to attract new residents

The Rural Return Grant program supported creative programming that attracts new residents to move and/or work in rural communities. Grant funding supported the development and implementation of incentive programs. Across the state, there are small towns losing population or witnessing an aging population. This funding opportunity aimed at addressing that challenge by empowering communities to develop a program to attract the new residents to locate within their community to live and/or work. Incentive programs could be targeting a specific profession, such as teachers or dentists; supporting a specific demographic, such as veterans; or celebrating local assets, such as providing recreation packages or business gifts.

The Rural Return Program is currently not accepting applications in Fiscal Year 23.

Funds for this program have been depleted. Information will be posted here if a new application cycle is opened.

For more information, contact:

Liesl Seabert