Region Five Development Commission Receives Rural Community Development Initiative Grant | Home life

STAPLES – The Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) recently received a grant from the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) Grant Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the amount of of $ 160,000.

This grant, along with funding from the Morgan Family Foundation and Sourcewell, allows R5DC to work with eight communities to develop energy and environmental plans and project implementation. The communities selected are from the counties of Crow Wing, Cass, Morrison, Todd and Wadena.

In 2020, R5DC began energy and environment planning and implementation with two communities: Staples and Hackensack. These plans are now approved by the cities, with each city receiving $ 10,000 to begin implementing its measures. Due to the success of the pilot year program, R5DC applied for funding from the Morgan Family Foundation, USDA and Sourcewell to work with eight other communities on energy and environmental plans and projects.

“We appreciate that a trio of USDA, The Morgan Family Foundation and Sourcewell all value a process of strategies designed by the local community, implemented in a way that honor local goals of environmental stewardship.” , said R5DC Executive Director Cheryal Hills. “We are excited to be a part of this important work and will report on how communities choose to deploy these investments,”

The energy and environmental planning process prioritizes projects that complement and support a city’s comprehensive plans and county risk mitigation plans. Through community meetings and surveys, projects are prioritized in a five-year action plan that includes investments and timelines and identifies additional resources for subsequent implementation. Once the community plan is in place, an investment of at least $ 10,000 will be granted for the implementation of the project.

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