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The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities was one of 16 Rural Development Fund Grants recently accepted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). The grant awarded the CBPU $100,000 to conduct an evaluation and improve infrastructure of the local Water Resource Recovery Facility that benefits City of Coldwater residents.
“What these grants demonstrate is the commitment of MDARD and the State of Michigan to help ignite impactful projects and efforts in rural communities,” said MDARD Director Gary McDowell. “Through targeted investment and matching funds from businesses, local municipalities and others, we can provide opportunities for thousands of businesses and employees in every corner of the state.”
The grant funds, Public Act 411 of 2012, are aimed to promote the sustainability of land-based industries (food and agriculture; forestry; mining, oil and gas production; and tourism) and support work force training, rural capacity building, business development and infrastructure that benefits rural communities like the City of Coldwater.
Eligible counties include those with a population not larger than 60,000 residents or micropolitan statistical areas. The proposals were evaluated through a competitive process. For more information about this grant program or a complete list of eligible counties, visit https://www.michigan.gov/mdardgrants.