The Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (Rural Jobs Accelerator) is an inter-agency funding opportunity designed to provide regions with the resources to plan and implement coordinated, flexible, regionally-customized activities capable of helping rural regions capitalize on the benefits of regional innovation clusters.
The objectives of the Rural Jobs Accelerator are to:
(1) Accelerate rural distressed communities’ ability to create jobs and strengthen their regional economies,
(2) Help rural communities identify local assets, and connect to regional opportunities and self-identified clusters that demonstrate high-growth potential.
Specifically, DRA grant funds may be used to assist in the economic development of rural areas by providing technical assistance for business development and economic development planning.
Grant funds may be used for, but are not limited to, the following purposes as outlined in RD Instruction 4284-G:
An application will consist of the following:
Complete the application documents, scan, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org in one PDF document titled “Rural Jobs Accelerator Application”.
Applicants must clearly identify a distinct scope of work for DRA funds. This scope of work must include a description of the proposed project.