RRC Technical Assistance (RRC TA) match funding is a resource available to eligible communities who are actively engaged in Redevelopment Ready Communities. RRC may provide funding support for various projects needed to reach or maintain certification. While exact investment parameters may vary based on numerous factors, RRC TA match funding can typically cover up to 75% of a project's cost with the remaining amount coming directly from the community or its partners. Communities are currently eligible for up to $30,000* over the lifetime of their efforts to reach RRC certification.
*This is a maximum amount - communities are not guaranteed to receieve this full amount.
In order to be eligible, a community must meet three key thresholds:
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RRC TA match funding can be used to help a community cover the cost of professional services for most items identified as red/yellow in its baseline report. Common uses include master plan updates, downtown plans, zoning ordinance updates, and economic development/marketing strategies. Each potential project is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Funding is not guaranteed until agreements are signed.
Communities who are RRC certified may continue to request support on a case-by-case basis for special projects.
There is no formal application process for accessing RRC TA match funding. Instead, the community works closely with its assigned RRC planner to identify a project, provider and funding level. In general, the process works as follows*:
*This is the ideal process from an RRC perspective; however, RRC will work with a community to respect any local processes it may have in place for soliciting professional services.
^RRC has proactively engaged with a number of planning firms in Michigan to help expedite this process but see the FAQs for exceptions to this list.
Frequently Asked Questions
In order to expedite the RRC TA process, the MEDC conducted a competitive bidding process to establish technical assistance contracts with a number of qualified planning firms. This allows for an overall smoother contracting experience for communities who choose to work with one of these firms.
If the communtiy has a planning consultant under contract who it wishes to work with on an eligible project, RRC is able to work with the community to find the best way to provide match funding on a case-by-case basis.
Eligible communities can request RRC TA funding multiple times though there is no guarantee that RRC will be able to support multiple projects. In general, communities must finish an active RRC TA funded project and make additional progress on its own before requesting additional funds.
Funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and there is no guarantee of available future funding.