Washington, DC (September 17, 2021) — The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), Inc. has received funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as part of its Rebuilding Better grant funding. RCAP’s project will build awareness for public policies that address challenges faced by rural entrepreneurs by developing advocacy curriculum, educating policymakers, and hosting the 2021 RuralRISE Summit, virtually, on September 20-21.
“It’s important for entrepreneurs to have a voice in policy discussions that affect the communities they live and work in. We’re excited about these projects because these organizations work closely with the entrepreneurs in their communities and understand what it takes to engage entrepreneurs in conversations with policymakers at all levels.”— Jennifer Kelly, program officer in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
RCAP’s project was funded within the Ewing Marion Kauffman’s Building Support for America’s New Business Plan (ANBP) focus area to help increase awareness of ANBP and generate support for policies aligned with it. ANBP focuses on four key pillars for rural entrepreneurs. The pillars aim to increase access to opportunity, funding, knowledge, and support. All four pillars represent current barriers in rural communities. The advocacy program aims to increase awareness for these challenges amongst policymakers and propose potential solutions.
“This partnership with the Kauffman Foundation will help bring rural entrepreneurs into the policy process in ways not seen before,” says Nathan Ohle, RCAP’s CEO. “Rural innovators and entrepreneurs have often been left behind as new programs are developed, without an opportunity to engage effectively. RCAP will work to train rural and tribal entrepreneurs on how to better engage in the policy advocacy process, leading to programs tailored to provide opportunities to spur more rural innovation.”
Learn more about the new grant here – https://kff.mn/qih