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Grants to Idaho Counties to Hire Professionals for the Implementation of Economy Building Projects in Rural Areas

Rural Idaho Economic Development Professional (RIEDP) Grant Program


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Funding Source
State of Idaho Department of Commerce
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Geographic Focus
USA: Idaho

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/26/23 4:00 PM Mountain Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to Idaho counties and groups of counties, cities, and tribes to improve the capacity for economic development in rural areas of the state. Funding is intended to support the employment of professionals who will implement expansion, retention, business attraction, and diversification projects to build the local economy. Funds may be used for salary and benefits.

The intent of the Rural Idaho Economic Development Professional Grant Program is to build economic development capacity in rural Idaho. To accomplish this, state funds are appropriated to help rural areas employ full-time Economic Development Professionals who, with a board of directors, manage locally directed economic development programs. The ED Professional will work on projects in partnership with the Department to achieve the economic development goals of both the rural area and the Department. 

The ED Professional will work on business attraction, retention, expansion, and diversification projects in partnership with the Department to achieve the economic development goals of both the rural area and the Department.

Program Specifications: Eligible Applicants are required to form an Economic Development Organization (EDO) to manage the activities of the ED Professional funded through the auspices of the Program. The EDO may be a standalone not for profit corporation registered with the State of Idaho or a committee organized under the auspices of a County Commission or multi government joint powers agreement. A representative from the Department shall be provided advanced notice of all EDO meetings, electronic copies of all meeting minutes and reports and provided with non-voting board or committee member ex- officio status. Applicants are encouraged to have strong private sector representation on their boards or committees. The board or committee shall meet at least six (6) times per year and develop a specific plan of work for the ED Professional along with a plan for oversight and evaluation. A Department representative shall be invited to participate in any activities related to the hiring and performance evaluation of the ED Professional.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
An applicant must be an Idaho county or a group of Idaho counties, cities and/or tribes joining together to submit a single application. Idaho counties with populations more than 50,000 may apply, provided that the population of the areas being served does not include any cities with a population exceeding 10,000. Under the auspices of a joint powers arrangement with an eligible County, a city may serve as the lead applicant.

Pre-Proposal Conference
ED Pro Application Workshop
Date & Time: May 3, 2023 10:00 AM
Webinar Registration:

Date & Time: May 9, 2023 02:00 PM
Webinar Registration:

Pre-Application Information
- Draft Application Review: 4PM (Mountain Time) May 15, 2023. By request Commerce Staff will review an applicant’s draft. Applicants will need to contact Commerce staff to request feedback.
- Application Due Date: 4:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) May 26, 2023.

All applications must be submitted through the Department’s online portal. Applications need to be submitted with a login and password belonging to the Eligible Applicant. To obtain a login and password or to check to see if your existing login and password will work for this application, please contact the Department’s grants team.

Match Requirements:
Cash participation is needed to maximize the effectiveness of state funds and to develop a financially sustainable program. A cash match equal to 50% of the amount requested is required.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Applicants may request up to $30,000 for a full-time position.
- Applicants wanting to fund a part time position are limited to a request up to $15,000.

Term of Contract
Award Period: July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024, subject to the terms, conditions and satisfactory performance as stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Please feel free to contact any member of the Business Expansion team with questions regarding the application:
- Karen Appelgren,, 208.287.3158
- Jenny Hemly,, 208.287.3169
- Kim Glineski,, 208.287.0771
- Tatum Clark,, 208.287.3168
- Jerry Miller,, 208.287.0780

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