North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) CFP due Feb. 5

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) at Michigan State University announces a competition for seed grants aimed at enhancing the ability of Land Grant institutions to positively influence the quality of life in rural areas of the twelve-state North Central region of the United States. Priority areas for the Center’s work include:

  • Building a 21st century
  • Sustainable communities
  • Leadership development and civic engagement
  • Community health and wellness

More complete descriptions of these themes are available on the Center’s web site at: In addition to these priority areas, based on feedback from NCRCRD constituency the Center has an equal interest in supporting work in the following areas:

  • Rural poverty
  • Addressing physical and mental health challenges
  • Demographic change

Grant awards may range from $5,000 to $25,000 each. Up to $144,000 will be awarded. The Center does not pay overhead or other administrative costs.

The proposal submission deadline Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. 

For anyone who has questions regarding submitting a proposal or the proposal process, we have scheduled a Q/A conference call for Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2018 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. To sign up and receive the call-in information, email

Timeline for awards

Award recommendations will be made at the NCRCRD Board meeting planned for late spring, 2018. Project PIs will be notified of the board recommendations shortly after the meeting. Board award recommendations will be forwarded to USDA for consent and approval, subject to budget availability, and finally processed by the Michigan State University grants office. Projects funded under the NCRCRD small grants process are expected to begin in early- to mid-fall 2018 (exact start date to be determined by MSU grants office), and will be completed within 12 months of the start date.

Details and how to apply go to: