Advancing Regional Prosperity through Quality of Place and Community Workforce Attraction Grants

As part of an overarching strategy for improving economic and community prosperity in the Indiana Uplands, Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI) established a grant opportunity for the 11 counties of our region.

Ready Communities grants provide communities and organizations with resources to strategically develop programs that build quality of place, grow regional capacity for workforce development and attraction, and improve the attributes and amenities that make the Indiana Uplands a desirable place to live, work, and play.

The process began with Ready Communities Planning Grants. Each Indiana Uplands county received a $50,000 planning grant to develop Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plans.

Following the Ready Communities Planning Grant stage, up to $3 million was made available for quality of place and workforce attraction implementation grants. In Round I & II, ROI awarded 12 implementation grants.

Round III Grants

Up to $1.14 million in implementation grants is available in Round III to support opportunities for advancing quality of place in communities across the Indiana Uplands.

Process and Updated Timeline

Interested applicants are asked to submit a two-page (maximum) letter of intent via ROI’s grant portal. Letters of Intent will be reviewed for alignment with eligibility, criteria, quality, and anticipated outcomes. A select number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. The applications will then be reviewed and evaluated. Finalists may be asked to make a presentation to the evaluation committee.

  • June 1: Deadline to Submit Letter of Intent
  • June 29: ROI Invites Candidates to Apply for Grants
  • Aug 7: Grant Application Deadline
  • September: Grants Awarded

Grant Guidelines


To confirm eligibility or ask questions, please contact Larry Pejeau at lpejeau@regionalopportunityinc.org or at (812) 720-1417.

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