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 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 apply for funding, a community must meet three key thresholds:
Unsure if your community is eligible to apply? Chat with the RRC planner for your region or check out this handy decision tree. Eligibility to make a request does not guarantee funding. Projects are approved on a case-by-case basis and consider other factors such as cost, local match, capacity, competitiveness compared to other projects requesting funding, etc.
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.
To request RRC technical assistance match funding, the community works closely with its assigned RRC planner to identify a project, provider and funding level. Funding requests now go through a formal request process which provides greater consistency in how RRC evaluates requests. In general, the process works as follows*:
Sign Contract: Community signs a contract with provider for their portion of the project cost (a copy should be sent to the RRC planner for record keeping). RRC pays its portion directly to the provider as determined in step 3.
Project Begins: Project moves forward. RRC is kept in the loop (provided drafts, invited to stakeholder meetings, provided progress reports, etc.)
*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.
In order to consider requests, the RRC Team will review completed applications. When a community is interested in a project, the RRC Planner for that area will meet with the community to go over the application and complete it together.
The application includes three main sections: basic community information, an assessment of eligibility and capacity for the TA project, and specific information on the project itself. During this intial conversation, the RRC Planner will also go over expectations with the community on issues such as keeping RRC informed, paying the community's match portion, etc.