Money available to Rural Communities

Edmonton – Rural Alberta's Development Fund (RADF) is accepting applications for program funding again. The company will distribute the balance of its funds (approximately $30M) over the next 18 months to satisfy its mandate.
The application process, eligibility and funding criteria remain the same as before. However, the company will be placing an emphasis on supporting projects that build community capacity in rural communities of 20,000 or less.
"This approach is a win-win as it provides funding to help rural communities build capacity and it supports other Government of Alberta rural development strategies," noted Glenn Taylor, RADF's new board chairman. RADF is required under contract with the Government of Alberta to commit its remaining dollars to rural projects by March 31, 2012 and have the money distributed by March 31, 2014.
"The Rural Alberta's Development Fund has supported communities and organizations across the province in a variety of different areas such as volunteer and career development, online educational programs and developing tourist attractions across the province," said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Jack Hayden. "The Government of Alberta remains committed to supporting our rural communities as they grow and diversify and I look forward to hearing about future projects that are supported by the fund."
Funding criteria, guidelines and an Expression of Interest form are available at www.ruralalbertas or by calling toll free 1-877-940-7233.