US Environmental Protection agency

Recreation Economy for Rural Communities

With Recreation Economy for Rural Communities assistance, a planning team will help communities bring together local residents and other stakeholders to decide on strategies and an action plan to grow the local outdoor recreation economy. The planning assistance process will take place over a period of four to six months, with a focal point being a two-day, facilitated community workshop. Participants will work together to identify a vision, goals, and specific actions to realize the locally set goals.

Partner communities are encouraged to pursue activities that foster environmentally friendly community development and Main Street revitalization through the conservation and sustainable use of public or private forests or other natural resources. Examples could include:

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Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations representing any community in the United States.

Special consideration will be given to communities that are:

  • Small towns,
  • Economically disadvantaged, such as those in Opportunity Zones, and/or
  • In the Northern Border region of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York

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