MAPPING the Future of Your Community

  • Gisele Hamm, Manager
  • Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA)
  • 518 Stipes Hall, Western Illinois University 1 University Circle
  • Macomb, IL 61455-1390
  • Phone: (309) 298-4019 or (800) 526-9943
  • Fax: (309) 298-2142
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Purpose of the Program

The MAPPING (Management and Planning Programs Involving Nonmetropolitan Groups) the Future of Your Community program is a strategic visioning, planning and doing process whereby local residents of rural communities create an action plan for creating the community they envision. The community identifies the goals, strategies and projects necessary to move the community forward as well as a plan for implementation.

The MAPPING program was created in 1991 at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, located at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. With initial support from the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, the MAPPING program was designed to help leaders in small rural communities improve their decision-making process for community and economic development. Since 1996, the support for this program has been transferred to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

Who is Eligible

The program can accommodate five to eight communities per year, the communities must be rural, and there is a sponsorship fee.

Application Process

Applications are accepted on a first-come/first-served basis throughout the year.

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How Funds are to be used


Types of Assistance

Technical Assistance, Referral,

Year Program was established