Firm will seek grants for Rantoul

The village of Rantoul may get some help in receiving grant money.

Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl told the village board at its study session Tuesday that the Champaign-based firm TheGrantHelpers.com will conduct searches on available grants "for some of the projects and activities we have mentioned for the future — some for the near future, some more long-term."

He said the firm searches databases for state and federal grant money. Sandahl gave the company a list of projects for which Rantoul could use grant funding.

They include grants for neighborhood revitalization, nature trails and community ground designs and event planning.

Of the latter he said, "That one we have specifically in mind for the former Chanute Air Force Base property, to better utilize it for events and to help out those that currently have events to utilize it more effectively."

He said Rantoul could also use grant money for downtown business district revitalization, volunteer fire department vehicle grants, stormwater management, municipal-owned electric vehicles and weatherization.

Of a fire department vehicle grant, Sandahl said, "That one will come into play in the next year or two as our volunteer fire department is looking at acquiring additional large equipment."

He said there has been discussion "of whether it makes sense for the village to own electric vehicles" since the village operates its own electric service.

In other business, Sandahl said a couple of meetings will be held at the business incubator at Rantoul Business Center. One is a financing workshop for small business, and the other is a fast track new-venture class for start-up companies and new entrepreneurs.

"When you're out in the community, please communicate that these kinds of things are out there," Sandahl asked the village board.

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Danvillain wrote on July 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Hopefully step one isn't charging $10 for a local event for a child. Rantoul has already been there and tried that and received way less than minimal support from its community as such.... How many otherwise worthwhile events has Rantoul gained and lost because of Village greed?? Hot air balloons, they used to have a 4th of July fest, farm progress show just to name a few... When Rantoul finally realizes a good portion of its citizens are next to broke and there's so much more to do in champaign on a regular basis, can Rantoul finally plan effectively, adjust its cost of holding an event, and therefore adjust its admission fees and cost per attraction accordingly. I went to a farm progress show about 4-5 years ago. I took my family. They wanted $7 at the gate EVEN FOR THE 6 year old!! Guess who about-faced and went to the ice skating rink and had more fun than buying overpriced bratwurst while looking at rusty old tractors???? Get a grip Rantoul, and only then, maybe you MIGHT see some turnout.........