|Jul 01, 2013 --
South Dakota USDA Rural Development (USDA RD) staff recently provided technical assistance and presented on a panel for a “Writing Your Future Grant” workshop. Sponsored by South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension, the workshop offered grant writing training shared by industry experts. USDA RD joined 11 other organizations to offer assistance and to help make the connection between proposed projects and the suitable funding source.
“More than 80 participants came from 30 South Dakota communities including the Letcher SD community that is working on a technical center for community use of the internet, provide assistance in learning to use technical tools, and develop programs to improve businesses“, stated Dave Olson, SDSU Community Development Program Director.
The key ingredients in making the right connection start with the organization’s mission and goals. Determining which funding source best fits the goals provides a higher likelihood for success in writing and receiving support. There are many potential resources available and it is important to focus your efforts; it is better for the organization to define their purpose and project and not let the funding source define it for them.
In the case of the scope of work required in many USDA RD program funding, a clearly defined focus aligned with the organization’s mission creates a successful project. In many rural areas of the state, successful collaborations between communities to create a regional strategy can create a larger impact and collectively improve the region. Another important ingredient for success is to create a relationship with your area USDA RD office and start early in the process to satisfy all program guidelines before deadline.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.