Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund

See details below and links to checklist, facts, and an application.

The Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund seeks to fund infrastructure projects that will
support economic development activity, stimulate private investment, and grow jobs in the
state’s rural counties.

The Maryland Department of Commerce will provide grant funds from the Fund for projects
proposed by the state’s five tri-county councils which serve the rural regions of Maryland.
The regional councils shall coordinate with the local jurisdictions within their regions to
identify the priority projects to be included in the application. Counties may identify projects
that benefit the entire region as an eligible use of funds

Eligible uses include developing public infrastructure such as utilities, transportation, and
broadband to support the attraction, retention or expansion of businesses, as well as
infrastructure projects related to specific industry sectors such as, but not limited to,
manufacturing, clean energy, life sciences, cybersecurity and agribusiness. Funding can
also, be used for workforce development and stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation.
Planning and feasibility studies are eligible, as well as capital and operational expenses.
Ineligible uses include direct private sector incentive, subsidy, grants or loans; construction
of facilities to be owned or leased to private-sector entities; and residential/housing projects.

Fact Sheet, Project Summary, Application Checklist

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