The Rural Area Revitalization Program provides grants to not-for-profit community based organizations and charitable organizations for the restoration and improvement of housing, commercial areas and public/community facilities in rural areas of the state.
Forms and Documents
Eligible areas for RARP projects are cities, towns and villages having a population of less than twenty-five thousand. These ares must also meet the following criteria:
1) sustained physical deterioration, decay, neglect, or disinvestment
2) a number of substandard buildings or vacant residential or commercial units;
3) more than fifty percent of the residents are persons whose incomes do not exceed ninety percent of the area median income for the county or metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in which the project is located, or which is designated by a state or federal agency to be eligible for a community or economic development program. Projects demonstrating a direct benefit to persons and families whose incomes do not exceed ninety percent of the area median income for the county or MSA in which a project is located are not required to meet this criterion.
Applicants may request funds to undertake housing preservation and community renewal activities in distressed rural areas by preserving existing housing units, generating new housing units, upgrading commercial and retail areas and by creating innovative approaches to neighborhood and community revitalization which improve cultural and community facilities.