News – for Oct. 11, 2010

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The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) is now accepting applications for rural development research projects of $10,000 or under. Applications must be received by October 31, 2010.

To be eligible, interested individuals or organizations must partner on the research project and application with one of ARDN’s 21 public postsecondary institution (PSI) members. The PSIs may also submit their own projects, but preference will go to those that are rural-community based or collaborative.

Grant applications to host networking events that facilitate the exchange of information on rural development related topics and foster partnerships are accepted on an ongoing basis. This category must also be submitted by an ARDN PSI member.

More than $300,000 in grants was awarded in spring-summer 2010. They included 12 rural research projects led by nine ARDN member PSIs funded for a total of nearly $113,000. Research topics range from employer engagement in adult education to biofuels, early literacy activities to heritage tourism. Another $190,600 in grants was directed toward nine networking events led by eight member PSIs on topics ranging from rural health workforce development to Aboriginal leadership, newcomers to Canada to traumatic stress for first responders.

For more information visit www.ardn.ca or call toll-free 1-877-987-1006.

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