UWCC will expand support for rural cooperatives and communities through three grants it received in 2019:
Rural Cooperative Development Grant
UWCC has been awarded $200,000 to provide technical assistance to rural cooperatives through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG). The RCDG program exists to help rural cooperatives and small businesses expand, create jobs, and strengthen their capacity to serve rural citizens and communities.
This grant enables UWCC to provide cooperative development services to rural clients in Wisconsin and throughout the upper Midwest. Types of assistance available include organizational development, cooperative education, board training, strategic planning, and support during feasibility and business planning activities. Key project areas include food and agriculture: healthcare and childcare; affordable housing; and the promotion of employee ownership.